Fabio Quartararo continues to impress. Having already won the title of best rookie at Motegi two weeks ago, the Frenchman has no intention of slowing down as the MotoGP season draws to an end, quite the opposite in fact.
One of his aims for this weekend's Sepang round and the final Valencia event is to achieve his first MotoGP win, something he just missed out on in Thailand and Japan. Another objective is to secure overall third place in the championship. Fabio is battling with Rins, Vinales, and Petrucci and is the furthest back right now (20 points from Rins) but never say never. To prove that he's not hanging about, Quartararo has finished both of the free practice sessions at Sepang out front, going so far as to set an amazing 1.58.576, a new track record.
“That was an incredible lap - comments Quartararo - I felt so good on the bike today as soon as I went out with the fresh tyre. I've basically secured Q2 but there's always room for improvement.”
You spent most of FP2 working on your race pace. How did that go?
“Good, the pace is good, I completed 18 laps on a used soft tyre and it went well. I need to work more on the tyres but we'll have time for that tomorrow”.
After a season like this, everyone expects to see an even more competitive Quartararo come 2020. You'll have the new 2020 Yamaha M1 rather than the previous year's version. What does that mean to you?
“I'm pleased about it, I've proved to be fast this year. I thank Yamaha and Petronas for allowing that”.
How is your foot following the FP1 incident at Phillip Island?
“it hurts - concludes Quartararo - but you forget the pain when you're on the bike, especially if you're in first place."
Audio recorded by Matteo Aglio