Petronas SRT Yamaha MotoGP rider Fabio Quartararo said that he isn’t expecting fitness to be an issue, despite dislocating his left shoulder during the closing stages of free practice three.
The Frenchman, who is still recovering from arm pump surgery on his right arm, felt comfortable around the very left hand heavy Sachsenring. However, the dislocation to his left shoulder had the potential to cause real issues, something Quartararo said he didn’t experience in qualifying.
“We will see for tomorrow,” began the 20-year-old.
“I don’t know how I will wake up tomorrow morning. I think I will be okay, I think I have less pain than Assen on my right arm. For me I am quite confident, it’s a long race here but our pace is not so bad. I’m feeling quite smooth on the bike so this is the really positive point.
“Now I’m balanced, I have the left and the right,” he said joking about injuries now to both arms. “Here my arm is not so much a problem, it’s almost only left corners.”
Lots of riders have been talking about difficult it has been to decide what tyre to use this weekend. Quartararo said he was working hard in FP4 for a setting, but struggled with grip at the end of the session.
“This morning with new tyres we tried to push hard, but on the fourth lap I tried to make corner 11 on full gas and on the exit I lost the grip and start to shake a lot,” he said.
“At the end the shoulder was quite okay, we managed to get FP4, trying to work on the pace, the tyre dropped quite a lot on this track.
“But at the end the main goal was to be on the first two front rows and we make front row, second position so I’m happy with the job.”