The Yamaha boss remains hopeful, “we are still in the game!”


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Yamaha MotoGP boss Lin Jarvis was full of praise for Monster Energy rider Fabio Quartararo’s performance in Malaysia on Sunday.

With the MotoGP title still mathematically up for grabs as the 2022 season draws to a close in Valencia next week, Jarvis was all smiles after the Frenchman’s return from 12th on the grid to third on the Sepang podium, an impressive effort even without broken sound. major.

“We are still in the game! Yamaha’s MD happily confirmed. “We have to settle for that. You never know but of course it is clear that we have to win the race which is not easy and our competitors must have some kind of bad luck which is not the ideal way to win but hey, in this game, anything can happen. ”

While 23 points leave Ducati title hopeful Pecco Bagnaia a near-shoo-in for this season’s crown, Valencia are known for throwing a curve ball. Yamaha have been through heartache in the past, especially when Valentino Rossi crashed in the 2006 fight.

“I remember going to Valencia in 2006,” Jarvis continued. “We were very yellow – we were the Camel Yamaha team. Valentino was going there, it should have been a formality of sorts, to win the race and the unthinkable happened. Vale fell and Nicky [Hayden] went with the title so I know Valencia is a very tough track. Everything can happen!

“He’s very happy,” he continued of Quartararo’s performance in Malaysia. “This track is not so easy for us, number one. To be 12th on the grid and finish third is something. To ride with a broken finger and get that result is impressive.

“You could see today that he was riding his way again, in his style. Smooth and precise, so I think that gave him a big confidence boost and it’s all to play for.

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