There are various reasons, and they’re all mainly due to the innovation Michelin brought to the track, which could help Quartararo’s Yamaha with the competition.
“I have high expectations for this weekend,” he began. “The tire will be different than usual. It’s much harder. I don’t want to say that it’ll be an advantage for us, but I think the Ducati might be more disadvantaged than usual.”
Fabio explains why. “I think that, from a race perspective, we’ll be able to make better use of the tire by putting more power on the asphalt. In the end, our bike hasn’t changed much over the years, and this could meet our needs. Obviously, we’ll have to work to be competitive right away.”
Then he talks about the track.
“I did a few laps running on foot, and the track looks slightly dirty. But the situation isn’t like last year’s test, since there will be various categories in action over the weekend.”
Finally, about the market with Marquez’s choice to leave Honda, and Gresini’s Ducati that’s waiting for him.
“Marc in Ducati will make life super difficult for everyone, given that he’s the rider of reference. Follow his decision in 2024? Calm down. At the moment, it’s something that I’m not thinking about.”