Two races into the start of the championship, Fabio has already accumulated a fair amount of bad luck. Between contacts in the race and adverse weather, tenth position in the standings does not reflect his true worth. With 18 points to his name, the top of the standings seems far away, but with Marquez and Enea - who were among the favourites in Austin - out of the game, a glimmer of hope opens for the Yamaha rider. Everything will obviously depend on Friday, which has now become even more fundamental for finding the right bike set-up and being able to head towards an increasingly decisive Q2 due to the new format.
“The potential in the wet in Argentina was great - the Frenchman said - The pace in the sprint was not the best, but we are not so far. Just qualifying was the point we need to work on and the key this weekend to make a great qualifying.”
You seem to have not yet found the keystone of this Yamaha. What is missing to find the perfect feeling that escapes you?
“It’s not so much, but everything is so tight that if you are not 100% confident on the bike it’s difficult. Portugal was not too bad but we’d had tests just before, then we had to figure out the conditions in Argentina. Every time we went on track, we changed something, and it was going in a better way. So hopefully we can find our base on this track and, especially in qualifying, make a step forwards.”
The news of the week is that Yamaha has allowed Turkey’s Toprak Razgatlioglu to test the factory bike. Two days of testing that open up many question marks about your teammate's future in the factory team. What do you think?
“Well, that’s not my thing, of course. It was a great opportunity for Toprak to try the bike for two days, I never really talked to him about the test. Then for the future of Yamaha, it’s not in my hands. But we’ll see who my team-mate will be next year - it could be Franco, or another…”
MotoGP isn't the only sport where you're honing your style, we've also seen you at work with a golf club.
"Actually, we're not even on that yet, but I managed a few good pitches!" Fabio finally commented, jokingly.