Fabio Quartararo is a prophet in his homeland. The French rider got a pole in front of his home crowd, ahead of Miller’s and Petrucci’s Ducatis.
It couldn’t get any better than that.
“Obviously, I have to be satisfied with this pole,” he began. “We’re expecting a race tomorrow that’s not exactly easy. Many will choose the soft. I have to say that the sensations with that tire were not bad when I worked on the race pace during the FP4s. The consistency is good, not like in Barcelona, where there was significant deterioration.”
One of the pitfalls for Sunday is the Ducati.
“In the race, the Ducatis will be strong from the start. But I won’t think about them. I’ll try to stay with them should they try to break away. I’m strong in the first sector, and I’ll try to make the most of my competitiveness. I think I have a good pace to aim for the podium and also for a victory. In any case, the general ranking of the Championship will be the priority for tomorrow.”
The focus then shifts to the French rider’s riding style on the M1.
“Having a clean style on the Yamaha, like maybe Jorge had, is something natural. I’ve always tried to be precise and clean, even if on TV it may sometimes seem that I make mistakes and you can’t see them.”
He then spoke of the challenge that awaits him in front of his fans.
“Racing in front of my audience doesn't give me extra motivation nor pressure. I just want to enjoy the race tomorrow. I know that a French rider hasn’t won the MotoGP in France for many years, but I’ll give it my best to get good results.”