With MotoGP on its summer break, it’s time to analyse this first part of the season, Yamaha flying high with championship leader Fabio Quartararo, who currently holds a 34-point advantage over Johann Zarco. The technical domination of the Frenchman’s M1 has produced four wins in nine races, enough to make him the favourite for the title. Yamaha team director Massimo Meregalli confirms how happy he is with his rider’s performance over this first part of the season.

 Meregalli on Quartararo: “It could have been five wins”

In an interview for the official MotoGP website, Meregalli underlines the technical differences with respect to last year: “After the disappointment of last year, we’ve worked hard to provide a quicker and more competitive package. Also introducing the front starting device, which has been effective. We’ve achieved our goals, winning at fast tracks but also at those like Assen. We’re sure that, without the Jerez issue, we’d have won five races rather than four".

 The Yamaha rider has matured over the season

The team director also talks about Quartararo’s growth during the season: “I think he suffered a little with the pressure of the first race. But then he won the second, and went on to prove that that result wasn’t a fluke. He’s strong, consistent and mature. Seeing his work method was a real surprise. He’s proving to be very determined and battles in every session but is also having fun. Another positive". Quartararo has never won at the Red Bull Ring, the track that will host the next round, but he sure has everything going for him this time around.

Translated by Heather Watson

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