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Sport If there are no MotoGP races in 2020, Petronas Quartararo wants to keep 2021

08:25  09 april  2020
08:25  09 april  2020 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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Apr 8, 2020 , 12:52 PM. Petronas Yamaha team principal Razlan Razali says he will “strive” to keep Fabio Quartararo for 2021 should the 2020 season be cancelled outright by the coronavirus “So, what happens if there is no racing , we want to continue in 2021 like 2020 with the same agreement.

Petronas SRT team principal Razlan Razali says he will "strive" to keep Yamaha-bound Fabio Quartararo for 2021 should the 2020 season be "At least one or two wins is enough. "But, in theory, we can fight to win this championship. "I assume that in 2021 [should there be no racing in 2020 ]

Fabio Quartararo mit seinem Chef Razlan Razali ​​© GP-Fever.de Fabio Quartararo with his boss Razlan Razali

Dorna boss Carmelo Ezpeleta has already indicated the possibility that might even do it in calendar year 2020 could not give MotoGP races . Because even if the situation of the corona pandemic improves in some countries, the Motorcycle World Championship is positioned internationally. This worst-case scenario now also plays a role in the mind games of those involved.

Xavi Vierge © Motorsport Images Xavi Vierge

Should the season be completely canceled, Razlan Razali, the head of the Petronas team, would argue that 2021 should be treated as if it were the 2020 season. Specifically, the manager from Malaysia speaks the Yamaha- Contract from Fabio Quartararo, because the Frenchman will drive in the factory team from next year.

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PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team (SRT) have made it clear that they want to keep talented youngster Fabio Quartararo for next year if this “ If there are no races , we want to make it ( 2020 season) null and void, and then start the 2021 season with the same arrangements we had for 2020 .

What now for MotoGP ? MotoGP 2020 (and by extension WorldSBK) could still potentially take While there was some debate initially as to whether holding events without spectators was in the spirit he’d expect to keep hold of Fabio Quartararo for 2021 instead of him moving on to the Yamaha Factory

"We need to discuss what happens if there are no races. This year we would have had a great chance of winning the World Cup with Fabio. If there are no races, we want to continue with the 2020 deal in 2021," Razali is quoted from the 'TMCBlog' . "We will fight for that."

"In the worst case, we don't have a World Cup at all. I would therefore suggest that everyone continue with their contracts of 2020 in 2021. We will insist and fight for Fabio to stay with us in his last year. We want him with him Fight for the title. The goal is a couple of victories and at least second place in the World Cup. "

A clear announcement from Razali, because he wants to harvest the fruits of success with Quartararo. For 2020, the 20-year-old has received full material from Yamaha and is practically on an equal footing with Maverick Vinales and Valentino Rossi. Thanks to this support, Razali believes there are chances to challenge Marc Marquez.

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Fabio Quartararo says Yamaha's offer of a factory-spec bike in Petronas SRT colours for the 2020 MotoGP Rookie sensation Quartararo was announced last week as a factory Yamaha rider for 2021 and '22 alongside Quartararo said that being handed the opportunity to race a factory-spec bike

Fabio Quartararo says Yamaha's offer of a factory-spec bike in Petronas SRT colours for the 2020 MotoGP season "weighed heavily" on his Quartararo said that being handed the opportunity to race a factory-spec bike this season influenced his decision to stay in the Yamaha fold, but admitted he still

Xavi Vierge a candidate as successor

But even if Razali could implement his dream scenario, it is also clear that Quartararo will switch to the factory team sooner or later. A successor must be sought. "In principle, we want talented, young drivers," he pushes into the same notch as team boss Wilco Zeelenberg . A new talent from Moto2 would be the wish.

"There are some riders we are considering. If Franco [Morbidelli] has a good year we will keep him. We also watch Xavi Vierge on our Moto2 team to see if he does anything special to get into the MotoGP Team. We also look at two or three other riders in Moto2. "

That Petronas prefers to look for young drivers is bad news for Valentino Rossi. Yamaha has promised that he will get a factory motorcycle for 2021 if he wants to continue. It would be logical if he then took over from Quartararo in the satellite team.

But Razali says: "We know the stories of Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo who want to join our team without having spoken to us formally. Our principle is that we want to develop young drivers. We have some in mind. This includes Xavi Vierge. " Vierge finished ninth in the Moto2 race in Qatar.

Razali also announced this week that he is no longer the head of the Sepang International circuit. His successor is Azhan Shafriman Hanif. Razali now only wants to look after the racing teams in all three classes.

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