How MotoGP’s V4s are ganging up on Quartararo

A few of us predicted it earlier than the beginning of the season – Fabio Quartararo will battle to retain his MotoGP crown within the face of an Italian V4 onslaught: eight Ducati Desmosedicis and two Aprilia RS-GPs.

The 23-year-old Frenchman has been driving out of his pores and skin this 12 months, much more so than final, reaching outcomes that shouldn’t be potential (simply take a look at what his fellow Yamaha riders are doing) to steer the championship, however the indicators are that the V4 risk from Aprilia is rising. And Quartararo is aware of it.

“Once we arrive at a monitor on Friday we’re quick, as a result of our bike is admittedly much like earlier years,” he mentioned after ending a grim eighth final day trip at Silverstone, thanks partially to a long-lap penalty. “However the extra races they do the extra they perceive their bikes.”

Quartararo was caught within the pack at Silverstone, simply the place he doesn’t wish to be, as a result of in that state of affairs he can’t use his inline-four YZR-M1’s superior nook velocity and since his tyres overheat.


Crimson Bull Ring’s new proper/left chicane, put in simply earlier than the monitor’s former Flip Two, which can assist or hinder Quartararo this weekend.

Crimson Bull Ring

“The rear tyre acquired so sizzling, plus I experience completely completely different to the others, so overtaking was a nightmare,” he added at Silverstone.

Not less than he acquired a superb take a look at the principally V4 opposition, together with Aleix Espargaró’s Aprilia, presently 22 factors behind him.

“They’ve high velocity, acceleration, rear grip… plenty of issues that we don’t have. However I want to not speak an excessive amount of about this. The principle factor for us is to remain targeted and never to take a look at our unfavorable factors, as a result of we will’t enhance them this 12 months.”

This has been Quartararo’s psyche for the final two seasons: take advantage of it when issues go your manner and restrict the harm once they don’t, as a result of throwing your toys out of the pram doesn’t get you any championship factors.

This week MotoGP strikes to Crimson Bull Ring, a V4-friendly drag strip, the place final 12 months Quartararo in some way managed to complete third, successful a battle with the Ducatis of Johann Zarco and Jack Miller, who crashed making an attempt to stick with him.


Quartararo fought Márquez for the win final time at Buriram, in 2019. This 12 months he’ll have the much-improved Aprilia and Ducati to take care of

Petronas SRT

Crunching some latest top-speed numbers means that he is probably not out of the rostrum battle on Sunday both. This 12 months at COTA, Le Mans and Mugello – circuits that additionally function slow-ish corners that lead onto quick straights – Yamaha has barely lowered the M1’s top-speed deficit in comparison with final season.

After which there’s the query mark of the brand new chicane, put in earlier than the monitor’s super-fast former Flip 2, to enhance security on the way in which into the previous Flip 3. Will this profit or harm Quartararo’s possibilities?

The best/left chicane is a dead-stop chicane, a bit just like the chicane that leads onto Aragon’s again straight. So it’s not someplace he’ll be capable to actually exploit his corner-speed benefit. Additionally, the chicane provides an additional braking and acceleration zone, the place V4s are conventional stronger. Subsequently, in idea at the very least, this might be unhealthy for the Yamaha, however the science of motorbike racing is an odd enterprise, so that you by no means know until you get there.

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