Fab and Joan have one thing in common – to win at all costs


Petronas Yamaha SRT's French rider Fabio Quartararo.

PETALING JAYA: One is eyeing a first MotoGP world title while a first win in the premier class is on the mind of another.

Petronas Yamaha Sepang Racing Team’s Fabio Quartararo, a non-factory team rider, is the only competitor to have taken the chequered flag more than once this season, proving he has the potential to be the champion but right now, he is lying second in the world championships standing with 115 points.

Suzuki rider Joan Mir, who has yet to win a MotoGP race this season, leads the MotoGP world championship standings with 121 points.

It’s just a picture of how unpredictable this season’s MotoGP championship has turned out so far.

Quartararo, riding for the Malaysian team, is not feeling the heat despite losing his world championship lead for the first time after the first race in the back-to-back races in Aragon last Sunday.

“The pressure is not really on me. I was leading the championship but the team was only born last year. It’s my second year. I’m not in a factory team, ” said Quartararo, who ended up 18th from pole last week.

“The pressure is on the factory riders, so I’m feeling good. Last week was a tough race with a technical problem but I’m feeling okay. It could have been worse.

He took pole despite a nasty fall last week and is confident of a good result in the second race Teruel GP also at Aragon this weekend.

“We need to improve our rear grip and check on the consistency of our tyres. Working with the team we have seen where we can improve.”

Mir became the first rider to overtake Quartararo this year after finishing third last Sunday to lead by six points. Mir and Quartararo are followed by Spaniard Maverick Vinales and Italian Andrea Dovizioso on 109 and 106 respectively.

With four races to go, the fight for the championship looks to be among these four.

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