Fabio Quartararo says he’s not suffering any pain from either arm having recovered over the summer break but concedes he still has concerns over tyre life ahead of the Czech Republic MotoGP.

The Petronas Yamaha rider stormed to the top of the times at the end of FP2 at Brno, edging out Marc Marquez by 0.023s, with a late fresh soft tyre run.

Having ended the German round before the summer break nursing a partial left shoulder dislocation and recent arm pump surgery on his right forearm, the MotoGP rookie confirmed he’s close to full fitness and isn’t suffering any pain from his old injuries.

But the French rider’s major concern has been assessing tyre life over a race distance having struggled during practice at Brno and will weigh up his options and use the final two practice sessions to focus his race strategy.

“I’m close to 100% and not having many problems with my arm. I don’t have any pain at all with it, and felt good in both sessions,” Quartararo said. “We struggled a little bit with the tyres today as we’ve been working with all three compounds, so the plan for tomorrow is to concentrate on one option for the race.

“It looks like the soft has a big step from the other two, and I think we need to analyse our data to see if we can use it in the race.”

With three pole positions to his name in his rookie MotoGP campaign already, taken at Jerez, Montmelo and Assen, Quartararo says his primary target is the front two rows in qualifying at the Czech Republic circuit in order to attack from the front in the race.

“My goal for tomorrow is to be on the front two rows of the grid as we know that Brno can be a difficult track to overtake on,” he said.

Brno has posed a tricky track for Quartararo during the start of his Grand Prix career, with just one points finish from four races which was an 11th-place result in last year’s Moto2 race.



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