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MotoGP, Fabio Quartararo: "Taking over after Valentino was stressful"

The French rider remembers when he won the title: "After seeing Pecco on the ground, I couldn't even ride anymore. In Portimão, I knew it would be my year."

MotoGP: Fabio Quartararo: "Taking over after Valentino was stressful"


Quartararo had to wait a long time to celebrate. His road to success was long and difficult, but he made up for all his efforts last year. Arriving in the factory Yamaha team, and taking over for Rossi, he managed to cope with the pressure and become world champion.

Not an easy undertaking, as he confessed to DAZN Spain: “I was taking over after Valentino, and it was stressful to watch all the people around me."

At a certain point, however, Fabio realized that he could do it. It was the third race of the season.

"When I won in Portimão, I said to myself, ‘this is my year’."

And it was. In the second Misano GP, his dream came true.

"In a split second, I looked ahead and saw a bike in the gravel. I thought about Jack who had fallen in the first few corners, so it had to be Pecco,”  he recalled. “I then looked at the big screens, and I said to myself, ‘now I’m world champion’. I didn't even know how to ride anymore."

Passing under the checkered flag was an explosion of emotions.

"More than the good moments, the worst ones I had experienced came to mind, and I realized that I was world champion,” Quartararo continued. “It was a wonderful feeling."


Translated by Leila Myftija

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