All the riders really want to get back into action, especially the younger ones who are on the launching pad like Fabio Quartararo. The French rider is spending his days in solitude in his home in Andorra, between changing his hair color (now gray), training, and recreation. “I'm training more than before ," Fabio said, "since it's one of the few things I can do. Training equipment is among the most essential things I have at home, along with my couch and Playstation."
The news of the championship (possibly) starting again in July obviously also reached Fabio, who does not hide his thoughts on it being something positive.
“Having a start date is very important, because training hard without knowing when we can recuperate isn't easy. I'd like to race on several tracks like Barcelona or Misano, where I've been very fast in recent years. Too many races all close together? If we could race every weekend until December, I'd be happy," he said laughing. I'm currently respecting all the rules but, when I get back on the bike, I'll be fierce."
Then he obviously talked about 2021, when he'll inherit the official Yamaha from Valentino Rossi.
“Valentino gave me the motivation to become a rider. I always wanted to be like him when I was little and, when he'd win, I was happy. Now it's amazing to have this relationship with him and have the same bike. Sometimes I can't fathom it. I'll have his bike next year, and I hope I'll get more love than hate from Italy."
Quartararo could be bringing part of his current team with him, starting with Crew Chief Diego Gubellini.
"I met my future team for the first time in 2018, at the Red Bull Ring. I immediately noticed how Diego had a very calm character and, given how hyperactiveI am, I thought that could be a problem. Instead, the team became a family right from the first test We work hard, but as soon as we finish, we spend a lot of time together and have fun."
Someone also foresees a future far from Yamaha for the French rider, perhaps in Ducati, but Fabio pushes away those dreams.
“Out of curiosity, I'd like to try all the bikes in the championship, but only to improve the Yamaha," he said laughing. "The most incredible aspect of the Ducati is certainly its speed. Being on a bike at that speed must be impressive."
Quartararo then offers us a glimpse of life inside the paddock, and tells us who the riders he's closest to are.
“The rider I feel at my best with is Arbolino. We've known each other for many years, and our relationship has grown a lot lately. We have fun. It's more difficult to be friends in the MotoGP, since you're fighting for the same goal but, if I had to choose, I'd say Jack Miller. From mid-season on, I slept in one of the team's trucks, since I didn't have a motorhome, and the risk of being late in the morning has always created a bit of anxiety for me."