MotoGP’s title leader Fabio Quartararo believes the current field is so close there are no longer bike-specific tracks.
As MotoGP gears up to go to Austria for a double-header after the summer break ends, many are wondering how Yamaha will go at the high speed circuit. In both rounds last year a Yamaha riders was involved in a race-stopping accident, including a scary brake failure for Maverick Vinales at turn one in the second race.
Said red flag paved the way for one of the greatest finishes in modern motorsports history, but Yamaha was not in contention for either Austrian round. Quartararo believes this will not be the case when MotoGP returns, as the field is so close this season.
“To be honest, Austria is a track that last year was a disaster for us, but I think more because of all the problems that we had last year in the braking,” he said. “For me, the bike has improved a lot in the braking area. Our holeshot device is also working better. The electronics… So I think Austria is not a bad track for us.”
“I think it’s going to be okay. Of course, we miss the top speed, but in 2019 I was able to finish on the podium and Maverick and Vale finished 4th and 5th. So it’s not a bad track for Yamaha, just not the easiest one.”
“I forget a bit about Yamaha tracks, Ducati tracks… Qatar and Mugello were ‘Ducati tracks’, but in Qatar two Yamahas won, and in Mugello, I was able to fight for the victory. I think there is not so much anymore the Ducati track, the Yamaha track, the Suzuki track… I think everything is getting close and I think it’s quite nice.”
Quartararo holds a comfortable lead in the title, with Johann Zarco his closest rival.