MotoGP rookie Fabio Quartararo says he “felt fast” as he managed to get within a second of the pace on the final test day of 2018 at Jerez.
Quartararo will race for the new Petronas SRT Yamaha outfit in 2019, and made significant progress on Thursday’s second day of running at Jerez, his fourth day on MotoGP machinery.
He improved from 15th on the timesheets on Wednesday, 1.4s off the pace, to 12th on Thursday, ending up only eight tenths slower than LCR Honda’s Takaaki Nakagami at the top of the times.
Quartararo, who will ride a year-old ‘B-Spec’ Yamaha in his maiden premier class campaign next year, said he left Jerez satisfied with both his speed over a lap and his long-run pace.
“On this last day of the test we have improved the feeling and the laptime,” commented the 19-year-old Frenchman."
“We have taken a step forward and managed to try some things with the electronics, which up until now we had hardly touched."
“I could feel that the laptimes were coming down and I felt fast, it was a really nice feeling. My objective was a 1m38s lap and we did three of them."
“We are working on our pace, little-by-little, and gradually closing the gap to the fastest guys.”
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