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Fabio Quartararo

Fabio Quartararo

French motorcycle racer
Fabio Quartararo
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro French motorcycle racer
Is Motorcycle racer
From France
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 20 April 1999, Nice, arrondissement of Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Age 21 years
Star sign Taurus
The details

Biography

Fabio Quartararo (born 20 April 1999) is a French Grand Prix motorcycle rider. Prior to his Grand Prix career, Quartararo won six Spanish championship titles, including successive Moto3 titles in 2013 and 2014. Due to his successes at a young age, he has been tipped for "big things", been compared to multiple world champion Marc Márquez, and has broken several age records during his progress up to World Championship level. In 2017 he changed to Moto2.

Career

Early career

Born in Nice, Quartararo started his career in his native France at the age of 4. He later moved to Spain to compete in the Promovelocidad Cup, a series for young riders organised by the Real Automóvil Club de Cataluña (RACC). He won championship titles in the series' 50cc class in 2008, the 70cc class in 2009, and the 80cc class in 2011. Prior to moving into the senior Moto3 series in Spain, Quartararo won the Mediterranean pre-Moto3 class in 2012, which was also denoted as the Spanish domestic championship.

CEV Repsol career

Moving into the Moto3 class of the CEV Repsol series in 2013, Quartararo joined Wild Wolf Racing – run by former Grand Prix racer Juan Borja – riding a Honda. Quartararo finished on the podium in his maiden race in the series, run in wet conditions, finishing second to Great Britain's Wayne Ryan at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Quartararo finished sixth in the second race at the circuit, and left tied for the championship lead with Dutch rider Bryan Schouten. Over the next four races, Quartararo recorded only one top-ten finish – from pole position at Navarra – and had dropped to eighth in the riders' championship standings, 37 points behind Spain's Marcos Ramírez. Quartararo finished the season strongly however, winning each of the final three races from pole position – his first series wins – defeating Ramírez by almost ten seconds in the final race at Jerez. As a result, Quartararo became the first non-Spanish rider since Stefan Bradl in 2007 to take the title, and at the age of 7003533200000000000♠14 years, 218 days, its youngest series champion, surpassing the previous record held by Aleix Espargaró.

Quartararo remained in the CEV Repsol championship for the 2014 season, as he was not old enough to graduate to the World Championship level. The rule, announced in 2008 and introduced in 2010, stated that a rider must be 16 years of age to compete in a Grand Prix. Quartararo continued riding a Honda in the series, but moved to the Estrella Galicia 0,0 junior team run by Emilio Alzamora, the 1999 125cc world champion. Quartararo finished the season as a clear champion, winning nine of the season's eleven races, and finishing second – to María Herrera at Jerez and Jorge Navarro at Albacete – in the other two. His eventual championship-winning margin was 127 points over Navarro, who joined him as his team-mate at the final round of the season in Valencia. At that final round, Quartararo also beat World Championship competitors Alexis Masbou and John McPhee, with their SaxoPrint-RTG team making a one-off appearance in the championship.

Grand Prix career

Quartararo's performances in the Spanish series were noted at World Championship level. In the race which supported the 2014 French Grand Prix at Le Mans, Quartararo won by almost four seconds over nine laps, leading almost the entire race having started from second on the grid. In August 2014, the Grand Prix Commission – consisting of representatives from Dorna Sports, the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM), the International Road-Racing Teams Association (IRTA) and the Motorcycle Sports Manufacturers' Association (MSMA) – announced a change to the previously-introduced age eligibility rules, allowing for the champion of the FIM CEV Moto3 championship (regardless of age) to compete in the succeeding season of the Moto3 World Championship.

Quartararo was announced to be joining the Moto3 World Championship in October 2014, with the publication of the championship's initial entry list. He remained with the Estrella Galicia 0,0 outfit, again riding a Honda, that he won that season's Spanish title with, and he was joined by Jorge Navarro, his closest rival in those championship standings. He tested the team's Moto3 motorcycle for the first time in post-season testing in Valencia, but his first lap times were not provided due to the fact that he tested without a transponder. During the first day of official pre-season tests at Valencia in 2015, Quartararo set the fastest time in the third session. At the following three-day test at Jerez, Quartararo was fastest in five of nine sessions, including a clean sweep on the final day.

Moto3 World Championship

2015

At his opening race weekend in Qatar, Quartararo qualified on the second row of the grid in sixth position, just 0.123 seconds away from the pole-setting time recorded by countryman Alexis Masbou. In the race, Quartararo was ever-present in the lead group, and held the lead of the race with two laps to go, but contact with Francesco Bagnaia saw both riders slip down the running order, with Quartararo ultimately finishing the race in seventh position. Such was the close nature of the racing that Quartararo was just 0.772 seconds behind the race winner, Masbou. At the following event in Austin, Texas, Quartararo achieved his first podium finish, with a second-place finish behind Danny Kent. He achieved his first pole position at the Spanish Grand Prix, a tenth of a second clear of Kent, but finished the race in fourth place. On home soil at Le Mans, Quartararo again took pole position, by just over a tenth of a second from team-mate Navarro. He led for a period during the race, but ultimately high-sided out of it from fourth position.

Quartararo returned to the podium with a second-place finish at Assen, having been part of the lead group for the entire race; he finished 0.066 seconds behind race winner Miguel Oliveira. In the next four races, Quartararo alternated retirements with finishes of eleventh at Indianapolis and fourth at Silverstone. At Misano, Quartararo crashed during the second free practice session, fracturing his right ankle – missing the race as a result of the injury. Quartararo also missed the following race in Aragon, where he was replaced by the team's CEV Moto3 rider Sena Yamada. Quartararo returned for the Japanese Grand Prix, but withdrew from the race after qualifying 29th on the grid, due to continued pain. Quartararo also pulled out of the Australian Grand Prix, after qualifying 19th on the grid. Quartararo ultimately finished the season in tenth place, with ninety-two points.

2016

On 26 September 2015, it was announced that Quartararo would leave the Estrella Galicia 0,0 team to join Leopard Racing on a two-year contract from the 2016 season. Quartararo was considered as the title favorite for the season because of his performance in his rookie year and also because of the Leopard Racing team which won the previous year title with Danny Kent. But the season become a disastrous year for Quartararo. In the first three races Quartararo finished in thirteenth place followed by a crash in Spain. Quartararo finished sixth at his home race at Le Mans. Quartararo went pointless in six races and his best result being a fourth place finish at Austria.

2017

He changed from Moto3 to Moto2 in 2017 to the Pons Racing as a teammate of Edgar Pons. On its debut, Quartararo finished 7th in Qatar.

Career statistics

Pre-Grand Prix career

  • 2007: 2nd, Spanish 50cc championship
  • 2008: 1st, Spanish 50cc championship
  • 2009: 1st, Spanish 70cc championship
  • 2010: 3rd, Spanish 80cc championship
  • 2011: 1st, Spanish 80cc championship
  • 2012: 1st, Spanish Pre-Moto3 championship
  • 2013: 1st, Spanish Moto3 championship
  • 2014: 1st, Spanish Moto3 championship

Grand Prix motorcycle racing

By season

Season Class Motorcycle Team Race Win Podium Pole FLap Pts Plcd
2015 Moto3 Honda Estrella Galicia 0,0 13 0 2 2 0 92 10th
2016 Moto3 KTM Leopard Racing 18 0 0 0 0 83 13th
Total 31 0 2 2 0 175

By class

Class Seasons 1st GP 1st Pod 1st Win Race Win Podiums Pole FLap Pts WChmp
Moto3 2015-2016 2015 Qatar 2015 United States 31 0 2 2 0 175 0
Total 2015–2016 31 0 2 2 0 175 0

Races by year

Year Class Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Pos. Pts
2015 Moto3 Honda QAT
7
AME
2
ARG
6
SPA
4
FRA
Ret
ITA
Ret
CAT
14
NED
2
GER
Ret
IND
11
CZE
Ret
GBR
4
RSM
DNS
ARA
18
JPN
DNS
AUS
DNS
MAL VAL
Ret
10th 92
2016 Moto3 KTM QAT
13
ARG
13
AME
13
SPA
Ret
FRA
6
ITA
5
CAT
7
NED
Ret
GER
23
AUT
4
CZE
21
GBR
Ret
RSM
18
ARA
12
JPN
8
AUS
12
MAL
4
VAL
14
13th 83
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