Seasoned MotoGP observer Carlo Pernat said that the 2021 world champion, Fabio Quartararo , had demanded a salary increase from Yamaha on his new contract for 2023 and 2024.
Through GPOne , Pernat stated the figure of 20 million euros, although it is not known this figure is for per season or two seasons at once.
When he made his MotoGP debut in 2019 with Petronas Yamaha SRT, Fabio Quartararo was reportedly ‘only’ paid around 350,000 euros per season, not including bonuses.
This salary was one of the lowest on the grid at the time. The reason is, El Diablo is one of the underdogs because it has not consistently won important results in Moto3 and Moto2.
Even so, Quartararo actually performed brilliantly in 2019 and 2020. As a result, when he signed a contract to defend Monster Energy Yamaha in 2021, he was also rumored to get a salary of 2.5 million euros per season, again not including bonuses from pole, starting from front row, podiums, victories and even world titles.
Will have the same salary as Marc Marquez
Fabio Quartararo and Yamaha’s contracts will expire at the end of 2022, and the silly season has started. The two parties have started discussing the 2023 and 2024 contracts.
Pernat, who has been in the MotoGP paddock for a long time as a former manager of Aprilia Racing and is now the manager of several riders, has ‘hot’ information.
According to this Italian man, Quartararo demands a salary of 20 million euros. This figure is certainly fantastic, reportedly equaling the salary received by eight-time world champion, Marc Marquez, from Repsol Honda.
Even so, it is not known whether this salary is for Quartararo’s appearances per season, or even for two seasons at once.
“From the information I have, Fabio has tried to make a very big request to Yamaha. I can understand that he is asking for twenty million euros,” said Pernat, who is also the personal manager of Gresini Racing’s Enea Bastianini.
Claim the YZR-M1 Upgrade
On the other hand, Quartararo is also reported to have met the bosses of Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) in Barcelona, Spain, last week to discuss opportunities for cooperation in 2023.
Although happy to win the 2021 MotoGP, he has recently been more vocal in criticizing the YZR-M1’s poor top speed compared to Ducati and Honda.
To Autosport during the Jerez test, in the middle of last November, he frankly admitted that he was annoyed that the M1 he tested did not experience significant changes from the Misano test, Italy, in September.
Quartararo even refused to sign a new contract from Yamaha before seeing the progress of the M1 at the Sepang test, Malaysia, 5-6 February.
“I don’t want to sign anything at least until Malaysia. I still want to see the evolution of the bike. This is normal. So I know where my value lies. If they go in a different direction , then it affects my future with Yamaha.”