Quartararo title “deserved for Yamaha” – Motorsport Week

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Three-time MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo believes the Yamaha riders’ first championship since his last first class title in 2015 is “deserved” after a difficult 2020 campaign for the brand.

Fabio Quartararo concluded his first MotoGP World Championship with two rounds to go by finishing fourth in the Grand Prix of Emilia-Romagna after only his rival Francesco Bagnaia fell with a lead six laps to go, securing the first title of Yamaha in six years.

The Japanese marque had a tough 2020 tenure after having to run the engines in their M1s at lower horsepower due to reliability issues following multiple outages earlier in the year, while problems getting the new machine in the colder conditions seen towards the end of the year meant that only Franco Morbidelli on a 2019 spec bike was capable of consistently being competitive.

Yamaha’s 2021 M1 showed marked improvements early in the year as it dominated the season’s opening double in Qatar with Maverick Vinales and Quartararo sharing the victories, with four more wins courtesy of the Frenchman en route to the title.

Lorenzo believes that Yamaha’s success is “deserved because they have worked a lot”, adding that the brand “means a lot to me” after the success he had with the manufacturer before expressing how impressed he was with the level of improvement displayed by the new world. champion since his debut in the premier class in 2019.

“Yamaha means a lot to me because the only three world titles I got were with them so I will always be remembered as a Yamaha rider but they are a family, they are very loyal and always give you confidence. in the most difficult times, “Lorenzo told Misano.

“It is deserved for Yamaha because they have always worked a lot, and nobody expected Fabio (Quartararo) to arrive with Petronas (SRT) in 2019 to be so competitive and then world champion.

“People thought that in Moto2 he was not very competitive, that he was a talented rider but not very consistent but little by little he was improving every year and he was changing a lot compared to last season, he never made a mistake.

“You can’t win all the races in a MotoGP championship, you always find a track that doesn’t work for you or the bike, and in this case you have to finish the race and can’t fall.

“It doesn’t matter which position you have to finish and that’s what Fabio has been doing all season and because of that he’s now the world champion.”

Lorenzo added that Quartararo “probably had a surprise” in winning the championship at Misano as he “expected more for Portimao”, the eight-time winner of the first class race doing well to temper expectations as Yamaha struggled in mixed conditions according to the Mallorcan.

“I don’t think he expected that today he would become world champion, that was a possibility of course because crashes can always happen and in the end it happened in Pecco (Bagnaia) , but he expected more for Portimao, so he had a surprise, ”continued Lorenzo.

“Pecco has been very strong in the last four or five races, he has always been in pole position and has almost always won, so it sure put a little more pressure on Fabio because little by little his gap in the championship has shrunk.

“During the weekend he struggled to be competitive in mixed conditions, Yamaha is not the most competitive bike and in these conditions when you have a lot to lose it is very tricky and very difficult to be competitive.

“With Pecco on pole and him 15e it was difficult circumstances but he never stressed and lost his mind, little by little he recovered positions and he was lucky that Pecco crashed.

Lorenzo also refused to rule out the possibility of playing a bigger role in the MotoGP paddock in the future, having only attended as a spectator since retiring from the race at the end of 2019, leaving the door open “to a sort of work here in the future ”.

“Maybe it could happen in the future (returning to the MotoGP paddock as a team member), I will always stay here because it is my passion and I love to see the new generations come and see what new young driver will also be the new star like seeing people I know, ”said Lorenzo.

“So as a spectator, I will definitely come, and we’ll see if I have a job here in the future. ”

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