A record pole position, the 4th consecutive this season: Mugello smiles at Quartararo and he does the same, almost incredulous. “I honestly think I did one of the best laps of all time” he confessed, before making a special dedication.
“This pole is for Dupasquier, I hope we have great news coming. It is never easy to see the images of the accident, even if last year in Austria they put the replay continuously, today only once or twice. It is not nice knowing that you will go at 350 per hour a few minutes later, it is not easy for us but not for the TVs either. You have to reset before getting on the bike, concentrate on your job, but it's not easy. "
Quartararo is making a nice collection of watches for pole positions, but what interests him is the trophy for the win tomorrow and he knows he will have to sweat it out.
“This morning I had a good pace, but Bagnaia was a couple of tenths faster than me - explains the Frenchman – There are too many riders with good pace actually, Pecco, but also Rins and Zarco, and myself. At the start, the front device will help me; at the beginning in FP1, I was struggling a bit to use it, also strange in the first braking because you feel the bike is super low, but then I take confidence. "
Fabio knows that tomorrow he will have to do his best against the Ducatis, which can exploit their big advantage on the straight, as well as the KTMs who are not starting far behind.
“On the flying lap the M1 is fast, what I lose on the straight I make up for in the corners, but in the race it will be different - he admitted – This weekend I have always ridden alone, so I am not sure what to expect. On this track there are fewer points to overtake than at Losail, I think that against the Suzuki there won't be any big problems but with the Ducati and the KTM it will be different. After all, I already knew that here in Barcelona it would not be easy, on the other hand I start from an excellent position ".
Quartararo also says what he thinks about Marquez's strategy against Vinales.
“Honestly Marc was on the limit – was his opinion – I had the same in Malaysia in 2019, but was not that much, because Maverick came into the pits and he followed him. It's not my job, I don’t want to judge anyone, but it was strange to see this image ”.