Fabio Quartararo Extends With Yamaha For Next Two Seasons

Fabio Quartararo has signed on for two more years with Yamaha. The Frenchman will be racing in the factory Monster Energy Yamaha team for the 2023 and 2024 seasons.

The move had been long expected. Despite early rumors that Quartararo was disappointed with the offer Yamaha had made, the two sides were destined to end up together. Quartararo has a very strong understanding of the Yamaha M1, and is able to use the bike to be extremely competitive. And as Quartararo is the only rider capable of being competitive, Yamaha had no option but to do what they needed to keep Quartararo.

Quartararo's renewal is also a sign of faith in Yamaha's ability to build him a competitive bike. The factory had brought a new, more powerful engine for the 2022 season, but could not make it reliable enough, and so switched back to the previous generation of engine. Work is continuing on the engine they rejected to make it more reliable, and improve the Yamaha M1's top speed.

Quartararo's signing brings the number of riders signed up for 2023 up to 7. Marc Marquez, Aleix Espargaro, Maverick Viñales, Brad Binder, and Pecco Bagnaia all have contracts through 2024, while Franco Morbidelli has a contract for 2023. Whether that contract will be honored, and whether Morbidelli is complying with the performance clauses in his contract, is as yet unknown.

The press release from Yamaha appears below:


YAMAHA AND QUARTARARO RENEW CONTRACT FOR 2023 - 2024

Montmeló (Spain), 2nd June 2022

Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. is delighted to announce that Fabio Quartararo will stay with the Yamaha Factory Racing MotoGP Team for a further two years.

It is with great pleasure that Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. confirm Fabio Quartararo as a Factory Yamaha rider for the 2023 and 2024 MotoGP season.

Quartararo has shown great skills, comradery, and consistency so far in his two years with the Yamaha Factory Racing Team in the MotoGP World Championship. The successful partnership led to his first MotoGP World Championship Title last year, in his very first season with the Factory team. He is currently also leading the 2022 standings by 8 points.

Further Yamaha highlights on the Frenchman‘s résumé are 6 race wins and 14 podiums with the Factory Team in the 2021 and 2022 season so far, as well as 3 race wins and 10 podiums with the satellite team the two years prior. A contributing factor to his success were his 16 pole positions and 38 front row starts out of a total of 59 Grand Prix weekends aboard the YZR-M1.

These achievements on top of his undeniable talent, unequalled motivation, and infectious cheerful personality have Yamaha fully confident in their partnership with the 23-year-old.

LIN JARVIS
MANAGING DIRECTOR, YAMAHA MOTOR RACING

We are very happy to have reached an agreement with Fabio to continue with the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP team for 2023 and beyond.

We brought Fabio into the Factory team last year knowing he is a special talent, but he even exceeded our expectations. One doesn‘t often come across a rider of his calibre. He was already showing his talent and speed in his two years with the SRT satellite team in 2019 and 2020, but when he made the step up to the Factory team, we could really see him growing stronger and maturing as a rider.

In Fabio‘s first season and a half we‘ve booked many successes: 6 race wins, 14 podiums, 6 pole positions, and the 2021 MotoGP World Title. These results have come from a strong team effort from the rider, his crew, our engineers, and all team staff working together with a positive 'can-do' spirit.

With Fabio we know he will always put in 100% of his best effort, and we have assured him that Yamaha will do the same and we will invest in future developments so that together we can challenge for the MotoGP World Championship Titles for years to come.

FABIO QUARTARARO

I am really happy to announce to all of you that I will stay with Yamaha for two more years.

In the past, moving up to MotoGP with Yamaha and later to the Factory team were no-brainers. Yamaha believed in me from the very beginning, and that is something I do not take lightly. But that being said, this new agreement was a big decision. I'm at a great point in my career, so I took a bit more time taking this decision to be sure.

I believe in the Yamaha MotoGP project, and I feel Yamaha are truly motivated. And now that we have officially confirmed our decision to continue on this path together, we can fully focus on the current season.

I want to say ’Thanks!‘ to the people around me, who always help me and support me, as well as to the fans who are cheering me on. I really do appreciate all the support.

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It's a very difficult thing to know. Hard to know what influence other teams have. Suzuki dropping out tightened the market. Mir on the market too. It's not that another team wouldn't have him but there is always the risk of moving and finding yourself in a pooh pond. Also hard to know if it is the right move. As far as the team is concerned..it's Yamaha...proven consistent winners but even Yamaha and Honda have ups and downs. I wonder how he will feel if he loses this year to Ducati and next year to Honda. The other big advantage of his current seat is he is number one for Yamaha, without doubt. Can't say that in Honda as long as Marc is around, Ducati a big pool of danger. Aprilia on for the concession dip next year maybe. I think he made the right choice. Steady choice and very possibly, given they have a habit of doing it, the best bike on the grid in any given year plus a manufacturer who is 100% behind him.

I’m really curious to know the financials ….10 mil /yr.?? He is obviously “Márquez” like right now …riding the wheels off that M1. I honestly don’t think Pecco could touch Fabio , if  FQ had a bit more HP.

Yep. It's almost eery how much like Márquez Quartararo is with the rest of the Yamahas at the back, like the rest of the Hondas were/are.

A wise decision. I’m sure others here will correct my poor memory, but, as far as I can remember, the only top rider to change factories and be immediately successful in recent years was Casey Stoner. It more or less ended the winning ways of Rossi and Lorenzo and I’m sure that lesson is not wasted on Quarty. I’d guess that it’s even more risky now, as the bikes are so close but each one requires such a particular riding style.

Rossi won his first race on Yamaha after leaving Honda, and took the title. And Eddie Lawson also won back to back titles on Yamaha and Honda.

True, though a while back now. Time was that a rider could hop on to a better bike and get the same or better results. I’m not sure that’s the case now. All the bikes are pretty damn good but idiosyncratic and it seems to be more about whether the rider can exploit their potential.