Fabio Quartararo stole a record from Marquez at Jerez, becoming the youngest ever poleman in MotoGP. Spain obviously smiles on the Frenchman because today, just ten days after surgery to solve compartmental syndrome, he's done it again, beating everyone in qualifying. Tomorrow he could also become the youngest ever winner of a MotoGP race.
“So you keep reminding me - laughs the Petronas team rider - Sure, if I have the chance, I will, but my aim isn't to beat Marquez but to learn from him”.
You're not thinking about the podium?
“I'm a rider, of course I'm thinking about it, the win too. but before I set myself certain goals, I need to finish a race in the top five at least, something I've not done yet. I have to stay calm”.
What do you want tomorrow?
“To start well, something I don't often do, then learn as much as possible from the other riders. I know I have good pace, but I'm not the only one”.
What kind of race do you expect?
“I haven't studied the times yet, but I think many of us have similar pace. Rins, Vinales and Marquez are very fast and we know Valentino is always there on Sunday. it's going to be fun”.
You have the advantage of starting from pole…
“It's something special to have done it here, at one of my favourite tracks and just 11 days after surgery. It's different to Jerez, as there I was following Morbidelli but here I did it by myself”.
Could your arm limit you?
“I don't know, I haven't done many consecutive laps but I haven't taken painkillers either. I think the motivation of starting up front and wanting to run a good race will help me forget the pain, which is just a bit annoying”.
How can you explain the improvement with the Yamaha?
“The M1 has many strengths and some weaknesses too, but overall I think it's a competitive bike. We just have to put all the pieces of the puzzle together, but I'm very pleased with the Yamaha”.