Quartararo hopes to make it fabulous again in Spain


PETALING JAYA: Fabio Quartararo will be out to enjoy another good run in Valencia as the final countdown for the season finale begins this weekend.

Quartararo of the Petronas Yamaha Sepang Racing Team and teammate Franco Morbidelli will be taking part in two races in Spain in the next two weekends and followed by the season-ender in Portimao, Portugal.

The final triple-header of the season has promised to be an exciting affair.

Frenchman Quartararo is currently placed second in the riders’ standings with 123 points and trails leader Joan Mir by 14 points, while Italian Morbidelli is fourth with 112 points.

Quartararo is eyeing to go one better at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia after finishing second last year.

“I want to take advantage of the good feeling I’ve always had on a MotoGP bike at Valencia in these two races coming up,” said the 21-year-old rider.

“It’s a small track, but it’s one that I like. I had a great feeling there last year, when I took a podium and the pole position, and also in the post-season test. Of course, I hope to be able to repeat that this weekend.”

“There are three races left this year and a 14-point gap with the leader. We know how fast we can be, so I think we have some good opportunities coming into these final events in Valencia and Portimao, and I’m looking forward to the first of them this weekend.”

Morbidelli, who is fresh from taking his second MotoGP victory two weeks ago, is keen to continue his good form and reduce the 25-point deficit in the riders’ championship.

“It feels good going into the final three races of the year after the second win of the season at Aragon. Valencia can be a tricky circuit when riding a MotoGP bike, as it’s narrow and the MotoGP bikes have so much power on a track that’s quite small, compared to other categories,” said the 25-year-old.

“However, it is a place that I love, because it’s where I made my first step into big-wheeled motorsport, in the Spanish championship.”

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