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MotoGP Austria #2: Quartararo 'confident' brake problems are fixed

Fabio Quartararo saw his MotoGP championship lead shrink to 11 points last Sunday the Red Bull Ring as a problem with the brakes on his Petronas Yamaha meant the youngster could only muster an eighth-place finish.

The Frenchman found himself going from fourth to dead last on lap six last Sunday as the issue saw Quartararo run into the gravel at turn four.

And just as he started to set about those in front of him, the race was stopped due to the 200mph Morbidelli/Zarco interface on  lap nine.


"It was a shame about the issue with the brakes because I think we could have finished in the top five," said Quartararo.

"This weekend is another race though and we have to take each one as they come. The team is working hard to make sure we don’t have the same issue and I’m confident that we can have a better result on Sunday.

"I’m hoping that we can be within that top five and score as many points in the championship as possible."

Quartararo doesn't know exactly what the issue was but even though his crew changed all the components, the problem remained at the re-start.

"I was there in fifth or sixth position, riding quite easy, but in the lap just before I started to feel the brake soft.

"The lap just after, I braked in the same place as normal during all the weekend and my brake was actually like a clutch.

I grabbed it by four fingers, trying to stop the bike, it was really dangerous. We decided to change everything and it was exactly the same in the second race.

"For 18 laps I was trying to do my best, trying to feel confident because sometimes when I was behind the riders I had no brakes, but when I was alone when I overtook Aleix.

"I had one second to Petrucci, I recovered really fast. When I was alone it was OK, but still the confidence was not good. It's a shame because we can't lose easy points like this because of a technical problem."

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