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Sport Quartararo describes his relationship with World Cup rival Mir: "No friends, but ..."

16:35  20 october  2020
16:35  20 october  2020 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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Können gemeinsam lachen: Fabio Quartararo (vorne) und Joan Mir © Motorsport Images Can laugh together: Fabio Quartararo (front) and Joan Mir

This MotoGP season are Joan Mir and Fabio Quartararo direct World Cup competitors. After the latter led the overall ranking for a long time, Mir took the lead for the first time in Aragon . With four races to go, the Suzuki driver has six points ahead of the competitor from Petronas-Yamaha.

Both have a common history, which is not based solely on the fact that they rose to the MotoGP together last year and celebrated their debut in the premier class. In 2016, Mir and Quartararo were even teammates: Back then, they competed in Moto3 for the Leopard Racing Team.

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Mir celebrated his maiden victory in the motorcycle world championship at the time and finished fifth overall. Quartararo finished the season in thirteenth place and then switched to Moto2, while Mir stayed in Moto3 for another year and achieved a superior world title in this class with ten victories this season in 2017.

2018 both met again in Moto2, followed by the MotoGP promotion the following year. When asked about his relationship with Me, Quartararo says today: "I have a good relationship with him. I cannot say that we are friends, but there is great mutual respect. I think that is the most important thing."

"Everything we do on the track is always very clean. I think that's why our relationship is so good," continues the Frenchman. "Of course he's quick and consistent, which makes him a good challenger for the title." So far, the two have only fought in a direct duel at Le Mans, there it was about ninth place .

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