Quartararo led the standings by 10 factors coming to Japan and leaves with a barely more healthy margin after a disastrous afternoon for his rivals.
Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro was solely seventeenth after a mapping concern on the warm-up lap pressured him to change to his second bike, whereas Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia crashed on the final lap attempting to overhaul Quartararo.
In consequence, Quartararo now leads the championship by 18 factors regardless of struggling to advance on eighth within the race.
Whereas he’s glad to have restricted the harm within the standings, Quartararo admits he felt he may have challenged for the highest 5 have he been capable of overtake simpler.
“With all of the circumstances and with what occurred, after all I might say it’s higher to take eight factors than lose eight factors,” Quartararo mentioned.
“But it surely’s good in a technique however irritating in one other approach as a result of I really feel our potential was to not struggle with Jack for certain, as a result of he was on one other degree right this moment.
“However to struggle with Marc [Marquez], Miguel [Oliveira was possible]. However I can not overtake in any respect, I’m behind and we trip in a very completely different method to the opposite riders.
“I catch up in sector two and three and in sector 4 and one I lose a lot.
“So, it’s irritating as a result of I may go sooner, however no.
“We did additionally just a few errors altering one factor earlier than the race – was not the tyre, however was one thing that made our tempo somewhat bit slower.”
Fabio Quartararo, Yamaha Manufacturing facility Racing
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Quartararo wouldn’t element what change didn’t work, however did additionally admit it was “a mistake” to not attempt the exhausting rear tyre at any level this weekend given it proved to be the tyre to win the race on.
The Frenchman additionally says he may hear Bagnaia crashing behind him on the final lap.
“I didn’t appear him however I heard him crash,” Quartararo mentioned.
“So, I believe he didn’t crash so removed from me. In fact, I noticed, and I believe the way in which they trip is actually quick and in addition the exhausting rear was the proper tyre.
“They made a great job, the few riders who put on this tyre, and naturally I knew he was coming.
“However I used to be struck behind Maverick [Vinales], even when Maverick had an awesome tempo. However I used to be caught behind and I couldn’t overtake. So, that was the tough half.”