MotoGP: Fabio Quartararo: I had too much confidence in myself, we can’t do everything | MotoGP
Quartararo, who failed to recover from a long lap penalty in British MotoGP after finishing eighth, spoke of his struggles at the start of the year as he bid for a second straight title.
Heading into Assen, a race in which Quartararo was in a position to fight for victory, the factory Yamaha rider was in fine form having won three out of six races.
A significant contrast in form to rounds such as Qatar, Argentina and USA where he found the top five difficult, Quartararo was back to finish first or second in all but one of those races.
However, that quickly changed at Assen when he made his first mistake of the year, which was then followed by a disappointing British Grand Prix three days ago.
“I was complaining at the start of the year because we hadn’t really improved the bike,” Quartararo told BT Sport ahead of last weekend’s race. “I needed to make a massive change and push myself to the limit even more.
“The difficulty is no longer there, rather than thinking about a consecutive title. I have already fulfilled my dream – to win the world championship.
“Of course now it’s to win another, another, another… But I’m riding super relaxed. I’m pushing myself as best I can.
“When I crashed in Assen, I was too confident in myself. It can happen that you crash. I thought to myself: ‘OK, you are fast, but you can’t do everything you want!'”
Quartararo surprised to be MotoGP title leader
Given the form of main title rival Aleix Espargaro, not only in the early races where Quartararo struggled, but throughout the season, it was somewhat surprising to see Quartararo leading the standings by almost 25 points.
“After Argentina and Austin, to be honest with myself, I didn’t expect to win the championship,” Quartararo continued.
“I won in Portugal so [did well] in European races. It gave me a boost of confidence. The tough races I had at the start of the year made me stronger.”
With Francesco Bagnaia winning the final two races and significantly reducing his deficit to Quartararo in the process, a two-way title fight could and is likely headed for a three-way battle.