The Barcelona circuit was predicted by Quartararo to be a tough observe for the Yamaha given the observe’s lengthy pitstraight and the bike’s lack of energy.
The Catalan GP venue can also be notoriously low grip, situations the Yamaha sometimes struggles in, with Quartararo solely eighth quickest and round seven tenths off the tempo after a scorching Friday apply.
Quartararo says he feels he’s driving properly, however is simply sluggish proper now.
“We hope, as a result of we all know that we wrestle with out grip,” he mentioned when requested if he was anticipating the observe to rubber in additional on Saturday.
“We all know Aprilia with low grip they go super-fast. However for us we wrestle.
“Even on the race tempo I used to be doing six, seven tenths slower than Aleix.
“On this observe you possibly can really feel if you’re going sluggish or not, and I really feel sluggish however I really feel like I couldn’t go quicker as a result of Turns 3, 4, 9 you open the throttle and also you spin.
“I felt I used to be driving actually good, however simply tremendous sluggish.”
Fabio Quartararo, Yamaha Manufacturing facility Racing
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When requested if he was nervous about excessive tyre consumption, Quartararo added: “It’s not since you spin extra that you’ve got tyre consumption.
“The issue now’s the tyre drops and we’re sluggish.
“So, I’m not nervous in regards to the tyre consumption, however extra nervous I really feel tremendous sluggish and I believe lots of riders will really feel the identical.
“It’s robust to actually see your potential when there’s such unhealthy situations on observe.”
Quartararo – who signed a brand new two-year Yamaha deal forward of this weekend’s Catalan GP – believes Friday pacesetter Aleix Espargaro is the one robust rider on observe proper now and admits he can be dealing with a injury limitation race if the grand prix was now.
“If the race is now, will probably be injury limitation, however we all know that on this observe the extra rubber you set down the extra grip you’ve got,” he mentioned.
“So, I hope we are able to put down lots of grip in the course of the weekend and we all know it’s not going to rain, so daily placing rubber on the observe and I hope Sunday arrives the place we are able to make an enormous enchancment on the tempo as a result of proper now I believe solely Aleix can actually make a extremely quick tempo.
“He’s simply 5 tenths quicker, he’s dropping additionally however he’s nonetheless 5 tenths quicker. However for us it drops lots.”