On the third day of testing at Mandalika, many riders chose to do a race simulation at the indonesian track, and Fabio Quartararo also did so, but considered it a real nightmare in the end, due to the tyre choices he had to put on the motorcycle.
On his farewell to Indonesia, the frenchman from Yamaha decided to go to the track to simulate a race, and for that he chose a specific tyre, which didn't bring him the best feelings: 'We decided with the team to use the medium tyre to do a simulation race, because they said the soft wouldn't be available for the race. But in fact it was a nightmare, I have never had such a bad feeling with a rear tyre. Right after the simulation I put on a very old soft tyre and went over half a second faster, so I'm happy with the pace'.
Although the sensations were not positive with the rear tire at Mandalika, however, there were reasons to celebrate: 'This afternoon I did 1'31.6s with ten laps on the rear tyre, and that is very good. Yes, currently I think we are doing a very good job adapting to the bike and I thought the pace is solid. On one lap, better than the lap time, my feelings were better'.
'Yamaha is at the limit and I don't know where we can improve, for us it's awfull' - Fabio Quartararo
It was with a heavy look on his face that Fabio Quartararo spoke about the current state of the Yamaha M1, a motorcycle with which he became world champion but that, in his understanding, is at the limit without there being at the moment, much room to turn development of the bike around, into something positive.
After the third day of testing at Mandalika, where he finished with the fourth time 0.356s off Pol Espargaro, the frenchman was asked whether the limit of the bike's development had been reached, with the latter answering in the affirmative, leaving no room for doubts about his concern: 'To be honest, yes. To be honest I don't know where we can improve... When you see the front of the bike moving all over the place, the rear end spinning at the limit, when you see yourself touching your elbow everywhere, it's hard to find more'.
Still, Quartararo admitted that the manufacturer is trying to get the best out of the current version of the M1: 'For me the most important thing is that the team, especially Yamaha, works hard in this area to find whatever it is, to find more speed so that I found myself less at the limit'.
Then, the #20 classified it as «awfull» to go out on the track and push the pace as he does, as a result of the current state of the bike: 'To be honest, riding at this pace, every time I go to the track, I need to push so hard, and it's true that everyone is on edge but for us it's awfull'.