Fabio Quartararo took to the track today for the first test day in Barcelona, and this is already news. That’s because the French rider had missed yesterday’s press conference because he wasn't feeling well, but he confirmed today that even if he felt a bit better, he still wasn't feeling great.
“I was already not well on Monday, “ Fabio said. “But then the situation improved, while yesterday was the worst day. I had lots of pain in my diaphragm, and I was struggling to breathe. Today I’m not 100% okay, but the situation has improved a lot. Coronavirus? I took the test, and it’s negative, so it’s something else.”
But speaking of the day on the track, Fabio still smiled, despite a small problem.
“I got a great time this morning without trying to attack, while I got on the track this afternoon with worn tires. In the second part of the session, I was ready to try for the time, but I had a brake problem. Not the same as in Austria, but it was still something strange. Despite this, I’m really happy because I have an excellent pace and, in general, excellent potential.”
So braking continues to be a sore point for Yamaha, but Quartararo doesn’t appear worried.
“I started to have completely different sensations when braking. Sometimes the bike didn’t brake when I pulled the lever but when I released it. A strange thing. And, in fac,t I went back to the garage so as not to take risks with an attack on the time.”
Barcelona seems like another chance to get the best of the Ducati and, therefore, Dovizioso. An opportunity that the French rider doesn’t want to miss.
“The Ducatis were in trouble at Misano too, but I didn’t take full advantage of it, which I hope to do here. I want to fight for the win. I think I have the potential to do it, and to create a small gap in the championship. But I don’t feel the pressure. All in all, I know I have nothing to lose, so I just have to give it my best.”