The championship leader finished Friday’s only extended practice at Motegi third fastest between his main title rivals Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia and Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro.
Despite missing out on the top spot by less than a half-tenth on Friday, Quartararo said his nearest rival’s margin on him when it came to the time attack run was “amazing” and the fact that whatever he did on the Yamaha “wasn’t “ever enough” is difficult. to accept.
“Intense. But it was quite good,” Quartararo said of his day.
“I think we’re not doing too bad. But to see the margin that the others had compared to us was amazing because I was at the limit from the first lap and our margin was not very high.
“So, it’s actually a bit tough on acceleration with the holeshot devices and aerodynamics that the Ducati has, it’s difficult.
“But I feel like we did our best today and it’s pretty ok.
“Looking at qualifying [time attack laps], we are at the limit. Maybe we can improve a little bit more, but the others set a time in the third lap, they are at the top and honestly they did something really good.”
Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team, Fabio Quartararo, Yamaha Factory Racing, Aleix Espargaro, Aprilia Racing Team
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When asked if it was hard to stay motivated through it all, Quartararo added: “It’s hard, because you know you’re doing your best and it’s not enough.
“You can do as much as you want, it’s never enough, so it’s hard but we have to keep it until the end anyway, until it’s over.”
Quartararo was seen on several occasions clutching his injured chest after his run, but insisted the scratches he suffered in his Aragon collision with Marc Marquez did not stop him on the bike on Friday at Motegi.
“It was a little weird at first because it burned a little bit,” Quartararo said of his injury.
“But after the first laps you adapt and it was nothing. So, it didn’t affect my riding.”