Quartararo wary of rivals for three consecutive wins at Jerez

Jakarta (medialnews) – Fabio Quartararo took pole position at the Spanish Grand Prix for the fourth time in a row on Saturday, increasing his chances of winning the race at the Jerez-Angel Nieto circuit.

Jerez witnessed how Quartararo clinched his first pole position as a MotoGP rookie in 2019, but sadly technical difficulties killed the French rider’s first golden opportunity in this year’s race.

Then, in the pandemic-stricken 2020 season, the 22-year-old rider returned to center stage during the season’s two opening races in Jerez and wiped out victories there.

The Monster Energy Yamaha rider took pole position for the fourth time in Jerez with a time of 1: 36.755 seconds, beating his former Petronas Yamaha SRT teammate Franco Morbidelli by a narrow margin of 0.057 seconds.

Ducati rider Jack Miller completed the starting position of the first row in P3 after finishing 0.105 seconds later.

“I felt great today. Jerez is one of the tracks that I really like,” Quartararo said on the team’s official website.

“I have ridden a Yamaha four times here and four times I have won pole position. It’s a pretty extraordinary moment.

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“However, I can say that today’s Q2 session almost crossed the line. I thought I was going to crash at Turn 6 and at Turn 13 I made a mistake at Turn 6 but in the end it didn’t matter because we got pole position today.

“Tomorrow won’t be easy, but I feel ready and have good potential. The medium and hard tires are working well, so we’ll use tomorrow’s warm-up to decide what to use.”

The start was not Quartararo’s main strength at the start of the season, although he picked up two wins at the Doha GP and the Portuguese GP to dominate the standings with a 15-point lead over Bagnaia.

Morbidelli will threaten El Diablo from P2, not to mention the three Ducati riders; Jack Miller, Francesco Bagnaia and Johann Zarco who are in the first two rows.

“Franco is very quick, Jack, also my teammate (Maverick Vinales),” Quartararo said of who was the threat in the race later.

“Suzuki is still there, of course they are going to block it. But I think we are going to do a good job,” he concluded.

Also read: Spanish GP pole position still belongs to Quartararo

Reporter: Aditya Eko Sigit Wicaksono
Editor: Jafar M Sidik

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