Quartararo secured his first MotoGP title on the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Misano, after championship rival Francesco Bagnaia’s crash from the lead made it mathematically inconceivable for the Ducati rider to remain within the battle.
Consequently, Quartararo turned the primary French top-class grand prix motorbike champion, finishing the feat in solely his third season on the prime tier.
Quite a few his present and former colleagues paid tribute to Quartararo following his title triumph, after taking Yamaha’s first championship since Jorge Lorenzo in 2015.
“Fabio got here to MotoGP with out having managed to face out in Moto2,” crew chief Diego Gubellini, who adopted Quartararo to the Yamaha manufacturing unit outfit after working with him on the Petronas SRT squad, instructed Motorsport.com.
“That freed him from strain and gave him the liberty he wanted to grasp that the essential factor was to grasp the bike and adapt to it, earlier than fascinated by making huge modifications.”
“For Yamaha, that was a fantastic assist.
“Fabio is a rider with whom you’ll be able to work very nicely. Amongst different issues, as a result of he accepts his share of the blame when he’s at fault.”
“[He] is easy-going as a result of that is his character. He is very well mannered on a day-to-day foundation, he isn’t a ‘prima donna’.”
Yamaha principal Lin Jarvis agreed with Gubellini’s evaluation of Quartararo, and added that along with his driving capabilities, the Frenchman has introduced “positivity” to the group.
Jarvis additionally defined that Quartararo’s affable nature signifies that he does not have to make enemies out of his fellow MotoGP riders, and solely requires an on-track rivalry to carry out at his finest.
“Persona is one among his strengths,” says Jarvis.
“He is an excellent child with the power to go very quick on a motorbike, in addition to being aggressive on the proper instances. However, mixed with that, he additionally brings an enormous dose of positivity.
“Some riders want an enemy to carry out at their finest, to empower themselves and attempt to destroy their rivals, however Fabio does not.
“He does not want enemies, he wants rivals to compete towards, and I feel that is why he is so well-liked even amongst his opponents.”
World Champion Fabio Quartararo, Yamaha Manufacturing facility Racing
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Quartararo’s former SRT group supervisor Wilco Zeelenberg in contrast Quartararo to Lorenzo, having labored with each riders throughout his time in MotoGP, and defined that the 2021 champion may be extra open-minded and adaptable in comparison with the Spanish rider.
“[Fabio is] somebody who’s simple to work with. Jorge [Lorenzo] knew what he needed; the remaining did not matter to him. Fabio may be very completely different. He is very open-minded and that provides him a fantastic capability to adapt.”
“Thoughts you; he additionally has his share of ego, as a result of he desires to beat everybody and since he hates to lose.
“However on the identical time he exhibits lots of respect, which is phenomenal on this setting.”