Fabio Quartararo was not expecting a podium result in Austria, a really hard circuit for his Yamaha, but French rookie was really good on taking benefit of a chaotic start and was able to do a fantastic rhythm outperforming Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales who finished behind him.
Probably start was crucial for his result: “In the race I did a really good start and I had a great race pace, but I was not going at 100% because I knew my tyre was going to lose a bit of life in the final stages of the Grand Prix in a tough and technic track”.
One of the key points of his Yamaha is the engine, an aspect where they struggle a lot against Ducati and Honda: “I saw a big engine difference, but this bike has also some positive aspects. While braking we are strong and it turns really well, but straights are not one of our strong points”.
Anyway, it was a really positive result overall for the French, who was not expecting to be that good in Austria: “Our goal was to see differences between me and other Yamahas in a difficult track. I am proud of my team who did a lot of work and I am proud of myself as well. This is the most important podium of my season”