They call Fabio Quartararo "El Diablo" even if he looks like an angel. If anything, he becomes diabolical when he rides, but always in a positive sense. The MotoGP's revelation of the year joked about his nickname in an interview with Marca.
"Being a devil has always meant being up front for me. I'd like to be a devil to work hard but not a real devil," Fabio explained.
One thing's for sure, the Petronas rider doesn't like being left behind, even when he has to surrender to a prodigy like Marquez.
"Marc is supernatural ," is how he described him. "He's the best, and he's still continuing to progress. His consistency this season was impressive. He used to fall before. In 2019, he did only in Austin and, from what I heard, it was due to a technical problem, but he still came in first or second."
Quartararo tried to beat him, but he still wasn't successful. In the past, he said that being beaten by an 8-time world champion is still satisfying but, of course, he wasn't completely sincere.
"I think that few people have a desire to win like I do," he confessed. "There are riders who are happy to come in second, me too... but after 2 or 3 hours. I don't get angry on the spot, but I do get frustrated. It's as if you hope for more, but you don't achieve it."
However, Fabio is not one to look for excuses. Next year, he'll have an official bike, but in a satellite team.
"You can still win the title. I think it's harder, but not impossible," he said. "I still have to think about the fact that it'll be my second year in the MotoGP. I don't have a lot of experience. I don't see any problem if the bikes and developments are the same as those of the official team."
He definitely won't have certain problems in 2021 because there are many who are keeping an eye on him. Ducati could put a lot of money on the plate.
"If I switch, I won't do it for money but for the bike," Fabio is playing it safe. "In the past, I made the mistake of thinking about the future, and that didn't go well. I have various options, I'll evaluate them."
If he were to join the official Yamaha team, he'd be sharing the box with Valentino.
"He's my idol because, when I was little, he won a lot, and he's the rider who influenced me the most ," Quartararo said. "I didn't start riding because of him, but I wanted to watch the races on TV to see him. I wanted to race with him, and this dream has already come true. It's an exceptional thing. We'll see what happens in the future."