Currently sitting first in the MotoGP standings ahead of Francesco Bagnaia after recording a fifth and two first placed finishes in the opening three rounds, Fabio Quartararo’s started the season in fine style.
His victory at Qatar was especially impressive, where he strategically surged through the field to claim a memorable victory under the lights. “I feel like this win gives me much more confidence than the wins from last year as I came from far back. You need to look at yourself and try to be the best you can, and this is what we did today and it gave me a boost of confidence for the future,” he said after the race.
“Winning the second race in Doha was fantastic! Now that I have collected my first win with the Factory team, I feel like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders. After the first one, I feel like I can focus even better on the task ahead.”
Solidifying his position as a championship contender for this season, the flying Frenchman certainly produced one of his finest rides in the top class on his way to securing all 25 points.
With him and Yamaha teammate, Maverick Vinales, winning a race each in Qatar, the gifted 21-year-old ensured it was a fantastic fortnight in Qatar for the Japanese manufacturer.
As the championship now moves to Europe for an extended spell, where the real title challengers will really emerge, it’ll be fascinating if he can maintain his strong start to the campaign.
Having won the opening two races of the 2020 crusade, Quartararo then struggled with consistency on the Petronas Yamaha, which will make him even more determined to keep up his high level in 2021.
With six time MotoGP champion, Marc Marquez, returning and a host of other riders such as Vinales, Zarco, Jack Miller, Alex Rins, Franco Mordidelli and last year’s champion Joan Mir all gunning for glory, Quartararo will need to be at his best to be triumphant.
Confident, gifted and on the excellent Yamaha factory bike, all the signs are positive that Quartararo, who’s priced at 6.50 to be crowned champion, will be a legitimate title challenger in 2021.