Monster Energy Yamaha racer , Fabio Quartararo , will face his first match point at the Emilia Romagna MotoGP which will be held at the Misano Circuit on October 22-24. That is, this is his first chance to lock the world title.
Currently, Quartararo is at the top of the drivers’ standings with 234 points, 52 points ahead of Ducati Lenovo Team rider Pecco Bagnaia. In order to seal the world title at Misano, he only has to maintain a lead of at least 50 points over Bagnaia after the race.
If successful, then the title will be El Diablo ‘s first title in the Grand Prix event. He will also enter the ‘exclusive club’ of drivers who won the world title of kings class without ever winning in the lightest racing classes, namely GP125/Moto3 and GP250/Moto2. He has the potential to be the 16th rider to join the club.
Can Reach Hayden-Stoner’s Note
He also has the opportunity to become the third rider to do so in the MotoGP era, which started rolling in MotoGP, joining Nicky Hayden and Casey Stoner. Other MotoGP world champions, such as Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, Marc Marquez and Joan Mir, have won the lighter class.
Who is part of the ‘exclusive club‘ of racers who won the GP500/MotoGP world title without ever winning the lightest racing class, namely GP125/Moto3 and GP250/Moto2? The following is a list as reported by MotoGP.com, Friday (15/10/2021).
Premier Class Champion Who Has Never Won in the Lightest and Intermediate Class
Umberto Masetti – GP500 1950 dan 1952
Libero Liberati – GP500 1957
Barry Sheene – GP500 1977
Kenny Roberts sr – GP500 1978, 1979 and 1980
Marco Lucchinelli – GP500 1981
Franco Uncini – GP500 1982
Eddie Lawson – GP500 1984, 1988, dan 1989
Freddie Spencer – GP500 1985
Wayne Gardner – GP500 1987
Wayne Rainey – GP500 1992
Kevin Schwantz – GP500 1993
Mick Doohan – GP500 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, and 1998
Kenny Roberts jr – GP500 2000
Nicky Hayden – MotoGP 2006
Casey Stoner – MotoGP 2007 and 2011
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‘Fabio Quartararo Is Not Sure To Stay With Yamaha in MotoGP 2023’
Even though he is on the verge of the 2021 MotoGP world title , Fabio Quartararo is not sure he will defend Monster Energy Yamaha for quite a long time. Moreover, at this time he was the only Yamaha rider who was brilliant. This was stated by the team manager, Eric Mahe , in an interview with Autohebdo.
Quartararo was indeed in the spotlight in 2019, considered too young to move up to MotoGP, let alone his performance in Moto3 and Moto2 was erratic. However, Petronas Yamaha SRT really believes in his talent. Sure enough, he appeared fierce in 2019, and had become a candidate for world champion in 2020.
His performance during defending SRT also led to Yamaha giving him a factory contract, and he was transferred to Monster Energy Yamaha this season, replacing Valentino Rossi. He also became a champion candidate, even became the most dominant rider, leading the drivers’ standings by a wide margin.
Will choose the team that feels the best
Even so, the fact that Quartararo is Yamaha’s sole focus proves that the YZR-M1 is not the best motorcycle package in MotoGP today. Yamaha riders other than El Diablo, it is difficult to appear competitive. This is what led Mahe to state that Quartararo would consider all options for 2023.
At the moment, there is no clarity for 2023. Of course Fabio is satisfied with his performance, but we have to analyze everything, because this year’s performance is more determined by Fabio than the bike,” Mahe said as quoted by Antara. quoted by Corsedimoto , Friday (15/10/2021).
Mahe, who is also Loris Baz’s personal manager, stated that he had even been contacted by ‘2.5’ teams, which means Quartararo may have been approached by two other manufacturers, while Yamaha has started trying to woo the 22-year-old rider to stay in 2023.
Still Young, Still a Long Way
If there are clear prospects, then we will switch. However, our main strategy is not to rush. We have been contacted by ‘2.5’ teams. We will evaluate everything with confidence. Fabio is still young, he still has a long way to go,” said Mahe.
The man from France also admitted that he understood the ‘market’ interest in Quartararo increased. The reason is, now he has become a more mature rider than in previous years. “Now he is no longer too nervous, and has learned from the lessons he learned last year. This is thanks to the combination of the two aspects,” he said.
“Now he also doesn’t have many problems with his bike package. This is a natural evolution of the rider who fought against Marc Marquez on a Spec B bike in 2019. There is no such thing as a ‘new Fabio’, nothing happens miraculously. It’s just a logical progression from a talented and highly motivated child,” concluded Mahe.