The only thing Fabio Quartararo can do right now is quickly forget Aragon and return to fighting for the positions that matter. With only 10 points’ lead on Bagnaia and 17 on Aleix Espargarò, managing the situation is no longer possible. The hope is that the home air will be good for his Yamaha and that at Motegi he will be able to keep up with the Ducati and the Aprilia, the two best bikes this season.
“First of all, I want to thank the fans for all their well wishes – underlined Fabio, coming off the back of his crash in the Spanish race - I‘m doing better. The abrasions are healing. It‘s not going to be easy, but I‘m trying my best to be fully fit for the race here and fight for the victory. I‘m always pushing at 100% regardless of where we‘re racing or what the circumstances are, so that‘s something I will also do this weekend.”
His team-mate Franco Morbidelli, once again, starts the race weekend with the aim of regaining that confidence in the M1 that seems to have disappeared.
“It‘s positive that we have another race weekend straight after the Aragon GP, so we can continue searching for what‘s needed for me to be faster in fast corners – he explained - It‘s nice to finally be back in Japan for the first time since 2019. I enjoy this circuit, and it will be interesting to revisit it and see how to tweak our setting from three years ago to make it match the 2022 M1.”