MotoGP champion Quartararo popular for ‘not looking for enemies’

Quartararo became Yamaha’s first World Champion since Jorge Lorenzo in 2015 when he stormed to France’s maiden premier class title in 2021 with two laps to go.

The Frenchman won five races in the 2021 season, his first with the factory Yamaha team being signed to replace MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi.

Quartararo’s success in 2021 was not only popular with the fans, but was also highly praised by his on-track rivals.

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Speaking exclusively to Autosport’s Spanish-language sister site, Yamaha boss Jarvis says Quartararo’s personality is “one of Fabio’s strengths” and the fact that he “doesn’t need to create enemies” to motivate himself gives him a boost brought general popularity.

“He’s a really good guy and he also has the ability to drive really fast, be aggressive when you have to and overtake when you have to,” said Jarvis.

“He always brings a lot of positivity to the team.

“There are drivers who need an enemy to do their best to destroy their opponents, but Fabio is not like that.

“Fabio is not like that. He doesn’t look for enemies, but for rivals to measure himself against.

“Fabio is so popular with the other drivers because he doesn’t have to make these enemies.”

Fabio Quartararo, Yamaha Factory Racing

Fabio Quartararo, Yamaha Factory Racing

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Jarvis added that Quartararo’s personality is positive for MotoGP as a whole, while noting that the Frenchman is “the champion who has made it the easiest for me to work with”.

“It’s good for MotoGP to have a champion with that personality and spirit,” continued Jarvis.

“It’s not easy to find. If we can keep that up, we will certainly do well in the post-Rossi era.

“Throughout my career I’ve worked with some riders who have made it very easy for me and others who have been much more difficult to handle.

“The thing is, those who are good people don’t usually win.

“In that respect, Fabio is the champion who made it the easiest for me to work with him.”

Quartararo will remain with Yamaha in 2022 but after a disappointing post-season test at Jerez on the new M1, he admitted he would not sign anything for 2023 until he saw tangible progress on the bike at the Sepang pre-season test in February.