From the ‘title threat’ when he fought in the Moto 3 class in 2015, to the 2021 MotoGP world champion in his first year with the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP team: Fabio Quartararo is a talent with an inspiring success story.
Already in his first year on the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team, Fabio Quartararo demonstrated incredible speed, maturity, and heroic perseverance to secure the MotoGP World Champion title. We invite you to take a look with us on El Diablo's journey to the top of the Grand Prix races.
Fabio Quartararo was already a highly regarded name at the start of his Grand Prix racing career. He entered the moto3 class in 2015 at the age of 15, because the previous rule against participating in the Moto3 ™ World Championships under the age of 16 was repealed that year.
Since he was the FIM CEV Moto3 champion in 2013 and 2014, the Frenchman was considered a threat from the start. As many have predicted, he impressed from the start and was already standing on the podium in his second race, the Circuit of The Americas.
He repeated that feat in Assen after taking the lead at both Jerez and Le Mans. Unfortunately, an ankle injury in the late-season slowed his progress, but he still finished the season in tenth place overall. It was the first sign of a career boom, though it wasn’t always an easy ride.
Fabio Quartararo finished thirteenth in 2016 with the leopard racing team in the Moto3 class and repeated that ranking in 2017 with the Paginas Amarillas HP40 in Moto2, again without a podium. However, his impressive pace during his middle-class debut allowed him to move into the Speed Up Racing team for his next season.
In 2018, Fabio Quartararo made great strides in the Moto2 Championship and beyond. He took his first middle-class pole and GP victory at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. He then won second place at the TT Circuit Assen and eventually took a place among the top 10 in the final standings.
In August 2018, it was also announced that Quartararo will join Franco Morbidelli on Yamaha’s newly formed satellite team, Petronas Yamaha SRT, in 2019. Great challenge - but the Frenchman was ready for it. What followed in 2019 was nothing short of extraordinary.
El Diablo wanted to show those who doubted him what he was really capable of. He silenced all who spread bad rumors about him by occupying an incredible seven podiums and six pole positions. He also finished the season as the rookie of the year, winner of the Independent Riders Championship, and was fifth overall in the World Cup.
What followed in 2019 was nothing short of extraordinary. Fabio Quartararo wanted to show those who doubted him what he was really capable of. He silenced all who spread bad rumors about him by occupying an incredible seven podiums and six pole positions.
He also finished the season as the rookie of the year, winner of the Independent Riders Championship and was fifth overall in the World Cup. He is still missing his unattainable debut victory in the premier class, which has become his key target for 2020.
Despite calendar changes due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, he didn’t have to wait long. Fabio Quartararo dominated Jerez in July, opening his campaign with a double win. He achieved his third victory in Catalonia but struggled to convey the same effect by the end of the season.
However, in over a total of 14 GPs Fabio Quartararosecured nine starts in the front row, four of which were pole positions. It was clear that the French child prodigy has speed, so he will now strive for consistency to secure his first championship win.
In 2021, Quartararo fulfilled his two dreams in one season: following in the footsteps of his idol Valentino Rossi by joining the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP team and becoming the MotoGP World Champion, and it looked like he made it out of a joke.
Quartararo has already established himself as an incredible talent, so of course, the expectations of fans and the media were high. As the team tried to avoid any pressure on him, the young Frenchman could not help but feel a little nervous in the first lap.
Still, he took fifth place, which is a very respectable debut result of the Factory Team. The team was pleased, but Fabio Quartararo was not. He knew he could do better and was determined to show it as early as next week in the second race in Doha.
Although it was one of only two races this year in which he did not start from the front row, he secured his first victory in driving for the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Team. Driver number 20 showed that his first top result was not just a coincidence, and he proved it by winning the next round in Portimã, and he could have won the next race in Jerez for not having a sudden chronic hand syndrome in the middle of the race while he was in leadership.
However, the new perseverance proved because he finished the race in 13th place (the lowest result in the whole season). Fortunately, this issue was quickly resolved with surgery, and just a week later he celebrated third place, overcoming the wet conditions at Le Mans.
After a week of rest between the French and Italian GPs, Fabio Quartararo was ready to go all out in Mugello. He had a great weekend and achieved a great victory, which the team thought it would be. Although a domestic race, the Mugello track is not usually known as one of the best tracks for the Factory Team, and that El Diablo managed to get the best out of the YZR-M1 even on this notoriously technically demanding lap promised excellent results by the end of the season.
Fabio Quartararo was again a candidate for the podium in the somewhat chaotic Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya. He held on tight to third place but eventually finished sixth after receiving two 3-second penalties (one for a short circuit after a wide lap and the other for unpacking skin in the middle of a race).
But the Frenchman continued in his style and drove to third place in the Sachsenring two weeks later, even when again the schedule of this lap is not the most suitable for Yamaha’s smooth lines and high cornering speed.
On the other hand, there is also TT Circuit and where he took the win a week later to conclude the first half of the season in the best possible way. Then teammate Maverick Viñales made the day even more memorable for MotoGP team Monster Energy Yamaha.
He secured second place, making it 1-2 for the Factory Team for the first time since the 2017 Argentine GP and making it Yamaha’s 750th and 751st podiums in the premier class. After a four-week summer break, Fabio Quartaro started the second half of the season completely fresh, which was indispensable for the eventful Styria Grand Prix.
The first race received a red flag in lap 3, but Fabio Quartaro kept his head cool and drove the M1 to the podium. This stellar third place had an even sweeter taste as it extended the championship lead to 40 points, on another challenging track for Yamaha, and became the favorite to win the championship.
Fabio Quartaro wanted to repeat the performance a week after at the Motorrad von Österreich Grand Prix. He was on his way to a place on the podium, but the rain in the last three laps ruined his plans. After replacing his engine with a rainy version too late, he fell back to P14 and had to balance wanting to score as many points as possible without taking too many risks and hurting his chances for the title.
In the end, he quickly tried to save the brave seventh place and increased the lead in the championship by seven points. Two weeks later, Fabio Quartaro shone again. The Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP team could celebrate a significant victory at the British Monster Energy Prize.
Being completely under control, no one could match the level of French on the YZR-M1. He took the checkered flag with a convincing 2,663 difference in second place and left the Silverstone lap with a 65-point lead in the championship.
The factory team moved on to the next round, the Grand Prix de Aragon, at a high level, but the 13th round proved ‘unlucky’ for Fabio Quartaro. He went off the track in MotorLand Aragón and had to fight hard.
Thanks to a defensive and brave run, he secured eighth place and collected eight key championship points. Eager for a strong return to the Gran Premio di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, Fabio Quartaro was on a mission.
The Yamaha man cost 27 laps, to ultimately take second place and a key 20 points for the championship. Misano podium was a boost to the championship leader who qualified for the American Grand Prix, but it was also the beginning of a change of mindset.
Mature run of Fabio Quartaro
While before Fabio Quartararo always ‘lived in the moment’ and raced for victories and podiums in every race, the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP man has now opted for a strategy more oriented towards more championships on the Track of America (COTA).
He performed a mature run, balancing on a thin line between defending second place and chasing after the race leader. Fabio Quartararo increased his difference in the standings to 52 points, which gave him the first match ball for the second race in Misano.
The pressure lasted all the time during the Emilia-Romagna GP-. He had to start the race from 15th place online, and the title contender started from pole position, but Fabio Quartararo is the type of driver who never gives up.
He drove a great race, cutting through a pack. Since Bagnaia eventually dropped out of the race in the final stages, Fabio Quartararo was confident of winning the championship. Still, it wouldn’t be El Diablo if he hadn’t dropped out at the last minute to keep the fans on the edge of the seat.
Fabio Quartararo ended up in fourth place after a great run worthy of a champion. Winning the 2021 MotoGP World Championships in his debut year with the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP team is a dream come true for Quartararo.
Fabio Quartararo achieved his life goal, but this is just the beginning of his already incredibly successful partnership with the Factory Team already brought 5 GP wins, 10 podiums, 14 starts in the front row, 5 pole positions, 5 fastest laps, and 1 world title so far.
Overall, the time strategy of "speed and consistency" was the key to success. However, what allowed Fabio Quartararo to truly step into the footsteps of his idol Rossi was the ‘secret ingredient’. This season he has managed to maintain a relentless focus, show calm determination, and consistently provide point performances even in his ‘bad days’ with true motorcycle fun.
The joy he feels in the heat of qualifying and racing battles is contagious and has brought him a large and fast-growing fan base, who are certainly overjoyed by Fabio Quartararo's victory at the 2021 MotoGP World Championships.
The last words go to the champion: "I still can't believe it! I can't even speak ... The feeling is amazing. Maybe I'll be able to talk more later. Right now, I'm living my dream! It's a good feeling to have a family with me, and we'll do a lot enjoy tonight and until the end of the season.
"Of course this wasn’t the way I wanted Pecco’s weekend to end, but I’m happy it’s good. We’re world champions now. I have no words and no more body fluid to cry about." "It feels so good, but I can’t even describe what now I feel.
Being on the podium with a large part of my family and family from the circle - I have no words. "MotoGP has been going on for a long time. Being the first Frenchman to win is amazing. I'm also happy for Yamaha. They haven't won a title since 2015, and today we won it again. It's an amazing feeling!" What a talent Fabio Quartaro is!