The MotoGP class Team Suzuki Ecstar boss, Livio Suppo, has believed he could have convinced Monster Energy Yamaha rider Fabio Quartararo to join his team if his Japanese manufacturer had decided not to leave the MotoGP championship.
It should be clear that the Frenchman has not been very enthusiastic about the performance of his Yamaha M1 bike lately.
In reality, the 2021 MotoGP world champion let a 91-point lead slip from his hands in the second half of last season, leaving the 2022 MotoGP world title to Francesco Bagnaia.
However, Quartararo did extend his expiring contract with his current team during the season, with which he will also be active in the premier class on the same machine in 2023 and 2024.
“It seems to me that both Quartararo and Marc Marquez are fed up with their current situation.” Suppo said.
“I therefore believe that Fabio would have decided differently if Suzuki had not made the decision to stop. And of course it would have been really nice to see him riding a Suzuki.”
“As for Fabio, I wouldn’t want him to get to the point where he stops believing in it, he’s put a [Band-Aid] on it for years: but if his bike lags that much in terms of top speed, the chain would can sometimes break.” Suppo added.
However, to the fact that Suppo did not see a deal with Quartararo go through due to Suzuki’s termination, Suppo fears that the other two Japanese manufacturers Yamaha and Honda will lag behind Ducati in 2023.
Suzuki and Dorna have no come to an undisclosed agreement with Dorna to leave the MotoGP series after the Valencia MotoGP. The company has also stated it intends to leave the Endurance World Championship (EWC).