Bagnaia led a Ducati 1-2 forward of teammate Jack Miller on Saturday at Le Mans, setting a brand new lap report of 1m30.450s to assert his second pole of the 2022 marketing campaign.
Quartararo was concerned within the pole battle by to the chequered flag, however needed to concede defeat and accept fourth on his manufacturing unit Yamaha for his residence spherical.
The Frenchman says he was “on the restrict” on his bike to provide a 1m30.688s, so wasn’t disillusioned at not making the entrance row given how sturdy the Ducati is in qualifying trim.
“I used to be disillusioned, however two minutes later I used to be blissful,” Quartararo mentioned of qualifying fourth at Le Mans on Saturday.
“On the qualifying, we miss one thing – on a regular basis, not solely in qualifying.
“Ducati is ready to actually do one thing loopy. And the riders, I might not say solely Ducati.
“However we’re all the identical within the race tempo. So, it’s troublesome to essentially make the distinction.
“The distinction you make is placing your self on the restrict, having a bit bit much less gasoline and placing your self in a zone that for 27 laps is not possible.
“So, I’m fairly blissful as a result of I believe 1m30.6s with our bike is… I really feel on the restrict, I’ve nothing extra, and in comparison with the opposite Yamahas the hole is sort of large.
“So, it’s additionally a reference for me that we’re doing a very good job.”
Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Crew
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The Yamaha not solely struggles with an absence of high pace relative to the Ducati, however the M1 struggles greater than most bikes when driving behind different equipment with rising entrance tyre pressures.
On the earlier spherical at Jerez, Quartararo was pressured to ease off at one level in his chase of Bagnaia to maintain his onerous entrance tyre from overheating.
However the Yamaha rider is assured he gained’t have the identical troubles as Jerez on Sunday at Le Mans ought to he not be capable of clear Bagnaia, Miller and Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro early.
“No, as a result of in Jerez I used to be alone with the onerous entrance and already it was on the restrict,” he mentioned when requested if he was involved a couple of repeat of his Jerez race.
“Right here we’ve the smooth entrance and the entrance tyre shouldn’t be overheating and doing excessive stress.
“So, I’m not frightened. I don’t have numerous overtaking factors after all, as a result of the Ducati within the acceleration zone is at all times taking part in [with us].
“However 27 laps is lengthy and also you at all times have the chance to assault.”