'Lost' Quartararo: 'This is the worst thing you can have'

A lowside fall without any warning spooks new MotoGP world champion Fabio Quartararo on opening day at the Valencia finale.
Fabio Quartararo , Valencia MotoGP, 12 November 2021
Fabio Quartararo , Valencia MotoGP, 12 November 2021
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New MotoGP world champion Fabio Quartararo didn’t try and sugar coat his Friday practice experience at the Valencia season finale.

15th in the wet morning session again underlined the M1's issues in such conditions, but it was a sudden fall in the dry afternoon outing, lowsiding on entry to the Turn 2 hairpin, that left the Frenchman perplexed.

The Monster Yamaha rider went on to finish eleventh fastest, 0.781s behind Ducati's Jack Miller.

"This morning we didn’t expect the rain so we couldn’t make our bike with our setup because it take too long to do. The feeling was not bad but this afternoon was terrible," Quartararo said.

"I had no feeling and this is the thing I cannot understand. I am riding like normal, like I made 17 races from Qatar until Portimao and now I am lost. It is strange and I am looking forward to the meeting with the team."

Quartararo's biggest concern was to have fallen without any warning.

"I had the crash and I don’t know why. This is the worst thing you can have," Quartararo said. "The front just goes so aggressive and closes so aggressive and you don’t understand why.

"The bike was aggressive and I could not ride like all year. We have to find something because like that is hard to find the lap time and be consistent. We are really slow so we need to find a solution."

The Monster Yamaha star, who endured a nightmare at the 2020 Valencia rounds, admitted today was: "Similar to last year. You don’t know what is going on. You don’t know where you are, the front feeling. The bike is turning pretty well but no feeling from the front. I am lost today but the team is looking for something strange. In many corners it was like that."

Andrea Dovizioso was the top Yamaha rider, on the 2019 spec bike, in ninth. Quartararo's team-mate Franco Morbidelli was 13th with Valentino Rossi 21st and last.

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