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No additional pressure for Quartararo after pole position

ByRoborto Sykes

Oct 10, 2020
Two years after Johann Zarco, Fabio Quartararo took pole position in the French Grand Prix. Riding his Yamaha, the world championship leader sought the fastest qualifying time in his last attempt. In front of the 5,000 spectators who will fill the stands of the Bugatti Circuit this Sunday, Fabio Quartararo will have a chance to be the first Frenchman to win his national Grand Prix in the premier category for more than 60 years. But Fabio Quartararo does not want to give in under the pressure. “This gives me neither additional motivation, nor more pressure,” assured the NiΓ§ois at a press conference. I’ve had bad experiences with this and every time you have that kind of feeling you usually fall. “

Quartararo: “I was at the limit”

At 1:00 pm this Sunday, Fabio Quartararo will have the opportunity to mark his territory a little more, his closest rival in the championship, Joan Mir, being in the middle of the grid. But, before thinking about victory or the title, the French want to experience the moment. β€œI want to enjoy the race tomorrow (Sunday), I know it won’t be easy because there will be the Ducatis around me and I’m not going to think that it’s been 66 years since a Frenchman has not led the motorcycle world championship ”, confirmed the future official Yamaha rider, referring to Pierre Monneret, who led the championship in 1954. This last qualifying lap, Fabio Quartararo did not hide the fact that it was difficult to complete in the specific conditions of this French Grand Prix. “It was difficult conditions today (Saturday) because heating the tires during free practice and qualifying was complicated,” said the Frenchman. But I’m happy because we knew why we were so far on Friday and this morning we were much less. I was at the limit on my last attempt and finally we took pole position. A Frenchman has never won at Le Mans in the premier class, a first which now awaits Fabio Quartararo.