Missing the Duel with Marc Marquez, Fabio Quartararo Waits for Pedro Acosta to MotoGP

MDP Live - Monster Energy Yamaha racer, Fabio Quartararo, has missed a duel with Marc Marquez like they did in MotoGP 2019. The reason is, they didn't get a chance in 2020 because Marquez was plagued by injuries. In 2021, Marquez returns to racing, but never wheel-to-wheel with El Diablo.

Quartararo and Marquez were expected to form a new rivalry when they had a fierce duel until the last lap at the San Marino and Thailand MotoGP in 2019. Unfortunately, this rivalry did not continue in 2020 because Marquez missed a full season due to a fractured right hand bone after the Jerez accident.

In 2021, Marquez was inconsistent because his physical condition had not recovered. However, he had won in Germany, Austria, and Emilia Romagna, and even had a fierce duel with Pecco Bagnaia in Aragon. Unfortunately, Marquez's positive performance trend was again hampered by an injury to his right eye diplopia after falling during off-road practice.

Marc Marquez is a role model for the last 10 years

"Marc didn't race for eight months due to a serious injury, understandably this condition initially affected him. But he still won three victories. Unfortunately, when he really returned to his former level, with full strength, he got injured again," said Quartararo via Solomoto, as quoted by Motosan, Thursday (6/1/2022).

Quartararo also stated that Marquez has a very important role in MotoGP competition, considering that he has a very high level and indirectly raises the performance standards of his rivals. For this reason, according to Quartararo, Marquez has been the main reference for the riders for the last ten seasons.

"For me, Marc is a role model to follow over the last ten years. He became a star not only because he is a great racer, but also because he is an idol for this sport in general. I really want to get back to fighting with him again," continued the 22-year-old racer. this.

Pedro Acosta's Prediction Will Soon Follow to MotoGP

In the same interview, Quartararo also commented on the 2021 Moto3 world champion, Pedro Acosta, who is predicted to present an equally slick performance with Marquez in a few years in MotoGP. Quartararo, who is also the 2021 MotoGP world champion, said he agreed.

For him, Acosta is one of the young drivers with a strong mentality and way of riding, so it would not be a surprise to be able to be directly competitive in MotoGP. "Pedro our future. Winning Moto3 in the first year was very difficult. I remember, since Jerez, people have burdened him," he said.

"For a young rider like him, these kinds of pressures can be difficult to handle. However, Pedro knows how to control him, because mentally he is very strong, especially the way he rides. In two years, or sooner, he will be able to immediately fight for the world title in MotoGP. He will come soon," concluded Quartararo.

I've known for a long time, Fabio Quartararo is still nervous every time he meets Valentino Rossi

MDP Live - Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP racer, Fabio Quartararo, has known Valentino Rossi personally for many years. However, through Solomoto, as quoted by Corsedimoto, Thursday (6/1/2022), El Diablo stated that he still felt nervous every time he chatted with The Doctor.

As is known, Quartararo has idolized Rossi since childhood. So, his dream of going to MotoGP in 2019 was realized in a much more special way, because when he made his debut at that time, Rossi was still actively racing. The two of them even got on the podium together at the MotoGP Andalusia 2020.

Quartararo even got a rare opportunity, taking over from Rossi's place in the factory Yamaha team. He did not waste this opportunity. Although a little burdened, he was finally able to follow in Rossi's footsteps to become world champion. Quartararo became the third Yamaha rider to win MotoGP, after Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo.

It's Still Hard to Believe Valentino Rossi Is Retired

Even so, Rossi decided to retire from MotoGP in mid-November 2021. Quartararo still can't believe that a motorcycle racer of Rossi's caliber will no longer be on the MotoGP tracks this season. According to this French rider, many people have to get used to watching races without Rossi.

"I still have a hard time believing that Vale will no longer be racing. Because when I wasn't born, he was already in the world championship. However, time is running out for everyone and it will end our careers in sport, and Vale's career has gone on for a long time. We have to thank him. for everything he does for MotoGP."

Quartararo also admitted that he was happy that he had a very good relationship with Rossi. When Quartararo's arm pump injury relapsed last year, Rossi also encouraged him. They even had a respect lap together in the Emilia Romagna Series, when Quartararo locked the 2021 MotoGP world title.

Still Gives Certain Effects

The 22-year-old rider admits that even though he has known Rossi for a long time, he can never get used to meeting The Doctor and always feels nervous. The reason is, Quartararo has never seen the nine-time world champion as a rival or enemy, but remains an idol, just like when he was a child.

"Vale is the only rider who even now, even though I have known him for many years, still has a certain effect on me when we meet. Because I still see him as an idol like when I was 4-5 years old. This is a beautiful thing Chatting with him is always special, especially when he invites me to The Ranch," he concluded.

Quartararo will return to the track in the Malaysian MotoGP pre-season trial at the Sepang Circuit on 5-6 February 2022. The next test will be held at the Mandalika Circuit, Indonesia, on 11-13 February.