The Yamaha rider adopted runaway race winner Marc Marquez residence on the Circuit of the Americas in second and crucially completed forward of nearest title rival Francesco Bagnaia in third.
This prolonged Quartararo’s championship result in 52 factors, which means he can for the primary time in 2021 win the title on the following spherical at Misano ought to he depart Italy with no less than a 50-point margin within the standings.
However when requested if his strategy to the Misano race would be the similar as at all times this season, Quartararo mentioned: “Sure, precisely, and I believe I needn’t get obsessive about that [winning the title].
“I imply, now we have good factors of benefit within the championship and I needn’t assume I must take it in Misano, as a result of final time at Misano Pecco was tremendous sturdy.
“So, I’ll do my finest there. If we obtain it there, it is implausible.
“If not, we can have one other likelihood, so simply being extra calm and the expertise I take this yr is each time larger and better. So, completely happy to dwell this second.”
Fabio Quartararo, Yamaha Manufacturing facility Racing
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Quartararo did concede his second at Austin was “the very best” of his profession as he was feeling “extra stress” earlier than the beginning.
“Sure, was the very best second place I did in my profession for positive, as a result of earlier than beginning that race I used to be feeling a bit of bit extra stress to be sincere,” he admitted.
“However from the primary nook, as quickly as you begin the race, the stress is off and I did a very good race, and actually completely happy as a result of Pecco was tremendous sturdy over the last two races when he scored 50 factors.
“It is nice to complete in entrance of him on this observe, so actually completely happy about my outcome.”
Quartararo was maintaining Marquez in test within the early laps of Sunday’s race, although the Honda rider was controlling the tempo earlier than finally pulling away.
The championship chief says he did attempt to go along with Marquez, however his used tyre tempo merely wasn’t as sturdy because the Honda man’s.
“I attempted, as a result of I had a giant group behind and Jorge [Martin] tried to overhaul me in Flip 1, and my solely resolution to attempt to have a greater race was to push and I pushed,” Quartararo added.
“However I did not have all of the weekend the tempo of Marc, particularly with used tyres, I used to be struggling.
“However in the long run the primary purpose, we achieved it. So, we knew that the purpose right here was to attempt to end on the rostrum and we achieved it.”