Motorcycles Quartararo: Doha MotoGP win “most special” of my career
Yamaha duo looking forward to test driver Crutchlow: "Exactly what we need"
© Motorsport Images Quartararo and Vinales often struggled with similar problems in 2020 In 2020, Yamaha achieved the most victories of all manufacturers, in the battle for the title but no chance against the competition. Problems with reliability and fluctuating performance threw back the Japanese.
Yamaha rider Fabio Quartararo says his victory in the Doha Grand Prix is the “most special” one of his MotoGP career.
Quartararo was left in ninth at the end of the opening lap having been swamped from fifth on the grid.
But the Yamaha rider carved his way through the pack and by lap 19 had taken over from long-time leader Jorge Martin on the Pramac Ducati,
Admitting he felt like “a rookie” in the opening Qatar race a week ago, Quartararo said of his Doha win: “I have not won many races, so for sure this one is the most special one coming from ninth.
Quartararo is also "a bit scared"
Despite good pace in Qatar, © Motorsport Images Quartararo is not one hundred percent happy on the 2021 Yamaha On the third day of MotoGP testing, Fabio Quartararo was only narrowly beaten. With a late attack on the fastest time, Jack Miller (Ducati) pushed the Yamaha rider out of the lead. Both were below the old lap record in Qatar, just 0.080 seconds separated the leading duo. "The lap that I managed was one of the best laps I've ever driven," sums up Quartararo.
“I think in the middle of the race I was in more or less that position and I was feeling so good in overtaking spots like Turn 10, Turn 15 and I felt like I could win the race at that moment.
“It makes a total difference from last week because last week I ride a little bit like an amateur, like a rookie because I was not playing with mapping, with tyres and I make reverse in the second race.
“It feels good to win and also to have two French guys in 1-2, I think it’s quite a long time since we’ve seen it.
“So, I’m so happy for this win.”
Fabio Quartararo, Yamaha Factory Racing
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Quartararo won the opening two races of the 2020 campaign and looked set to be the main player in the championship, before inconsistent form for the rest of the year meant he only reached the podium once more when he won in Barcelona.
Maverick Vinales scores victory in MotoGP season opener at Qatar GP
Yamaha rider Maverick Vinales patiently wotrked his way through the pack after a wild start to win the MotoGP season opener in Qatar.Vinales won by more than a second over Johann Zarco and Francesco Bagnaia. Defending series champion Joan Mir finished fourth, and Fabio Quartararo was fifth.
Yamaha has had a similarly strong start to 2021 with Maverick Vinales winning the Qatar GP and Quartararo the Doha event on the improved M1 package.
But Quartararo is reluctant to say whether the form Yamaha has shown at the start of 2021 is more genuine than at this stage last year.
“Step by step,” he said when asked by Motorsport.com if he felt this form was promising than at the start of 2020.
“Last year I won the two first races in Jerez, the second one with eight seconds of advantage.
“So, step by step. We raced twice in the same track, so I feel confident with the bike and I feel like we can be fast.
“But I don’t want to tell you yes and then it’s no, so at the moment is the moment I believe in our bike but it’s going to work all year.
“At the moment, we have a really good bike.”
MotoGP Portuguese Grand Prix qualifying - Start time, how to watch .
Following a short break after the two season-opening races in Qatar, MotoGP returns to action with the Portuguese Grand Prix this weekend. Here's how you can watch qualifying on Saturday, April 17. © Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images Fabio Quartararo, Petronas Yamaha SRT What time does qualifying for the Portuguese MotoGP start? Q1 will begin at 20:00 local time, followed by the pole-deciding Q2 at 20:15. Each session will last 15 minutes. : Saturday, April 17Can’t find your country or region in the list? Check the MotoGP schedule page for the broadcast times in your local timezone.