Fabio Quartararo has ended his relationship with longtime manager Eric Mahe as he struggles to make it through this challenging time in his MotoGP career.
According to reports the contract between Fabio Quartararo and manager Eric Mahe has been terminated, despite the fact that neither the rider nor Yamaha can comment on it.
Quartararo and his team has not yet decided who will fill that position ahead of 2024, a crucial season in which the 2021 MotoGP world champion will have to make a decision about his future.
Mahe skipped Mugello, the location of Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix which is the sixth round of the season. He became Quartararo’s manager in the middle of 2016, when the Frenchman was still racing in Moto3, and after he had broken up with his previous agent, Eduardo Martin.
The former Superbike rider pushed Quartararo’s promotion to Moto2 in 2017 and subsequent transition to MotoGP with Yamaha satellite team which is Sepang Racing Team (SRT).
Mahe also secured Quartararo’s Yamaha contract for 2021, which led to the extension of the contract until the end of the next season.
Quartararo finished in Q1 at Mugello on Friday after finishing 15th overall in the combined timesheets. The Yamaha rider was one of the few riders who was unable to make improvements over the pace set in FP1 in the afternoon.
“I was hoping to go a bit better,” Quartararo said. “The two fastest lap attempts were not too good.
“In the morning I didn’t think I would do so well, and that’s why we have to see what happened in the afternoon.
“My feelings are not the best. I have to try to have a good time on the bike, which is not happening right now. I don’t have confidence in the front end.”
Asked whether he was feeling more calm this weekend than at the last round in Le Mans, he said: “I look more calm.
“But you know, I try to stay calm, because in the end, getting angry every time will not help to improve our performance.”
Less than a year ago, Marc Marquez decided to end his relationship with Emilio Alzamora, who had supported the Spaniard throughout his career.