Quartararo to be 'aggressive but intelligent' in bid to deny Bagnaia MotoGP title

By Sports Desk November 05, 2022

Fabio Quartararo will be "aggressive but intelligent" when he attempts to snatch the MotoGP title from Francesco Bagnaia at the Valencia Grand Prix.

Defending champion Quartararo will start the decisive final race of the season at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in fourth place, with Bagnaia eighth on the grid.

Monster Energy Yamaha rider Quartararo must win and hope Bagnaia finishes 15th or lower to retain his crown, as he trails the Italian by 23 points.

Jorge Martin took a third consecutive pole position on Saturday courtesy of a lap of one minute, 29.621 seconds, with Marc Marquez second and Jack Miller third.

Quartararo will not be giving up his title without a fight in Spain.

Asked if he needs a miracle, the Frenchman replied: "I am not thinking about that. I am thinking about the race - if I win, maybe something will happen.

"My main objective will be to fight for victory. It is the only thing I can do by myself. We will start in a good position, the pace is good, so I am confident.

"Tomorrow is a day to do whatever I want! I am 23 points behind so it’s the only positive I can find. My situation is to go all-in.

"I don't need to prove anything. But I want to win. I need to be aggressive but intelligent. Of course, I have to go aggressively from the beginning."

Quartararo says he will not be giving any thought to where Bagnaia is positioned during the race.

He added: "I don't care. On TV it looks like it's only him and me. But I need to focus on myself.

"It's not like we have a five-point difference and are fighting closely. There is a massive difference. What he does is not my problem. When the plan is so clear, I give no energy to anything else."



1. Jorge Martin (Prima Pramac Racing) 1:29.621
2. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) + 0.205
3. Jack Miller (Ducati) + 0.213
4. Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha) + 0.279
5. Alex Rins (Suzuki Ecstar) + 0.319
6. Maverick Vinales (Aprilia Racing) + 0.334
7. Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) + 0.418
8. Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) + 0.428
9. Johann Zarco (Prima Pramac Racing) + 0.481
10. Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing) + 0.503
11. Luca Marini (Mooney VR46 Racing) + 0.522
12. Joan Mir (Suzuki Ecstar) 0.620

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    1. Alex Rins (Honda) 41:14.649

    2. Luca Marini (Ducati) +3.498 seconds

    3. Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) +4.936

    4. Maverick Vinales (Aprilia) +8.318

    5. Miguel Oliveira (Aprilia) +9.989

    6. Marco Bezzecchi (Ducati) +12.049

    7. Johann Zarco (Ducati) +12.242

    8. Franco Morbidelli (Yamaha) +20.399

    9. Fabio Di Giannantonio (Ducati) +27.981

    10. Augusto Fernandez (KTM) +28.217

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    4. Maverick Vinales (Aprilia) 45

    5. Johann Zarco (Pramac Racing) 44


    1. Mooney VR46 102

    2. Pramac Racing 73

    3. Aprilia 63

    4. Yamaha 63

    5. Ducati 58

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