2019 is surely an year that Fabio Quartararo is not going to forget, not only because he conquered Rookie of the Year title. French guy surprised everyone with a stunning season where he achieved a lot of pole position and podiums, being really close on winning his first MotoGP race in Misano and Buriram, where only Marc Marquez stopped him from being successful. Anyway, Petronas Yamaha rider ended the year with 7 podiums, 6 pole position and 13 starts from first row, an impressive score for a rookie.
Probably even Fabio was not expecting an year like this, where everyone put an eye on him after Jerez, where he conquered his first ever pole position being also really close on clinching his first podium the day after, but he was stopped only from a technical problem that forced him to retire while he was second with a good margin on his rivals.
Quartararo talked at the end of the season with GPOne to express his thoughts about his season, giving himself a mark on that: “I would give an 8 to myself, it was an incredible year. It is important to do not exaggerate, because there are races where I could have done better, like Silverstone or Australia. I did some mistakes, but this is quite ok. The best moment of the season was surely my first pole position in Jerez”.
Fabio learned a lot from his first MotoGP championship: “I learned a lot on managing the tyres, on how to ride a MotoGP with full and empty fuel, how to manage the maps, a lot of things. It was an incredible experience riding this bike, it is not easy to say everything. Next year I want to do better things while racing, I know that I am fast during qualifying sesisons”.
Yamaha’s help was crucial on his journey “The team had to teach me and everyone helped me. The whole crew did an amazing job, I would give them a 9 out of 10, only because everyday we can improve. Maybe a Yamaha is the best bike for a rookie and that helped me a lot on working in a simple way instead of doing stupid things while riding. I am proud of the whole second half of the season, I fought for the podium a lot of times. 2020 goal is fighting for podiums every race or at least stay in top 5. We learnt from every mistake”
Future French star then talked about next season and himself: “I do not want to change due to popularity, I would like to be the same Fabio everytime, but surely I feel that my name started to be known, people ask me photo or want to talk with me. During the winter I will stay at home, training a lot trying to be on the bike as much as possible. It is the only period in which I can do it without too many risks and pressure”