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MotoGP, Meregalli: "aware of Fabio's efforts on Yamaha, Le Mans encouraging"

The Monster Energy Yamaha team manager praises the French champion's efforts, hand in hand with the development of the M1: "It was frustrating for him, he wanted to shine in front of his home crowd. Fabio raced with the frontrunners, which is very encouraging for the races to come."

MotoGP: Meregalli:

The Le Mans GP could have been Fabio Quartararo's opportunity to have his best race since the start of the season, and do it in front of his own fans on his home circuit moreover. The elements for success were all in place, from his ad hoc leathers and gear, to the warmth of his own fans, to his best qualifying form since early 2024 that saw him on the third row of the grid. A chance to shine ended prematurely in the gravel, however, and a zero that thus blurred an equally excellent performance by the Frenchman. Despite the result, the Frenchman's talent and desire are not lacking, as evidenced by his 25 points; he is 12th and the first rider on a Japanese bike in the standings. maybe it wasn't the right time yet, but Yamaha thanks to concessions and new men in the field promises to make up ground, and with Fabio's renewal will be able to do so. The Le Mans race was therefore a positive sign for the future, a sort of  call to arms from the Frenchman to continue his efforts after renewed confidence with the Japanese manufacturer. The efforts of his own rider did not escape the attention of Yamaha team manager Massimo Meregalli who commented over the weekend:

"It was extremely frustrating, especially for Fabio. He wanted to shine in front of the home crowd. It was a crucial moment and to see his race end like that is a real shame. We are all aware of the enormous effort he makes every time."

But the rider's efforts go hand in hand with efforts directed at the development of the M1. In fact, in Austin Fabio declared that "we tried more things today than in all of last season," and at the Jerez tests the M1 was showing off its aerodynamic evolution.
"On Sunday morning we made some technical changes that proved useful. Fabio raced with the leaders, which is very encouraging for the races to come," Meregalli continued.

Difficulties which were also shared by teammate Alex Rins, about whom the team manager went into detail. "Alex also had his share of problems, particularly in braking and traction. The long lap penalty only made things worse. It is clear, however, that he was not comfortable with the set-up this weekend, but he is determined to start from scratch for the next races."

All eyes now turn to the next round in Barcelona, which last year saw Quartararo finish the race in 7th position despite a difficult qualifying session. Getting into Q2 immediately at Le Mans could therefore be a first sign of Quartararo's resurgence on his Yamaha, as he waits for the Japanese manufacturer to pull off the real coup de grâce, namely getting its much-needed satellite team.

 

Translated by Julian Thomas

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