The 2022 MotoGP season has seen a real change in the grid pecking order, with the Japanese manufacturers moving away from the once all-conquering powerhouses as Ducati and Aprilia prove to be the undisputed frontrunners.
Yamaha has just one bike on the podium with championship leader Quattroro, Honda has just one rostrum after the first 12 races of the year and Suzuki – who will stop MotoGP at the end of 2022 – has two.
This is in stark contrast to Ducati’s seven race wins and six riders on the podium in 2022, with Apria taking his first win in Argentina with Aleix Espargaro earlier this year and seven podiums for both riders. .
Ahead of this weekend’s Austrian GP on Thursday, Marc Marquez believes Honda needs to change its “concept” of how it handles bike development and HRC needs to see how the European manufacturers are doing.
Quattararo agrees that Honda’s situation mirrors that of Yamaha, but notes some changes – notably the arrival of former Formula 1 engine chief Luca Marmorini as a consultant.
Fabio Quartararo, Yamaha Factory Racing
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“I think yes, because I think we’re playing too far outside the rules and I think we’re being a little too cautious.”
Quattararo, who leads the standings by 22 points, said when asked if he felt Honda’s problems were similar to Yamaha’s.
“I think we have to play a little bit more sometimes. I think it’s already changing the road a bit for next year’s bike, also with the new engineer coming to Yamaha.
“So, I feel like it’s changing a little bit – maybe still a little bit slowly, but at least they’re taking a little bit of the European mentality…well, especially Italy.
But I think this is a way to try more things. Maybe sometimes you think it’s not useful, but we have to try everything you think. We have to try.