Quartararo swaps MotoGP bib for Valencia football shirt



Ahead of the 2021 FIM MotoGP World Championship season-end race at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia, the duo traveled to the training ground in Valencia.

For the record, Quartararo is the sixth youngest rider to win a first class world title, at 22 years and 187 days, behind John Surtees (22 years and 182 days) and ahead of Rossi (22 years and 240 days).

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In MotoGP, Quartararo is the third rider to win the title without having previously won a title in one of the smaller classes with Nicky Hayden and Casey Stoner.

By winning the crown, Quartararo ended a streak of nine premier class titles for Spanish riders: six with Marc Marquez, two with Jorge Lorenzo and one with Joan Mir (the longest streak for a country in the class).

With 20 first class podiums to date, Quartararo is the French rider with the most podiums in the class ahead of Christian Sarron (18 podiums).

With eight victories in the premier class to date, since his first victories in the premier class at the 2020 Spanish GP, Quartararo has almost tripled the number of French victories ahead of him (one for Régis Laconi, plus Christian Sarron and Pierre Monneret).

And his qualities as a footballer, which we thought were incomparable with his speed on the track, is not that bad!

One for the album

One for the album

And wow! They actually had awesome skills to go with it! While Quartararo showed some skills from the non-motorcycle variety, Arbolino also contributed with his footballing skills. The duo then struck a cheerful pose with Valencia coach Jose Bordalas.

The 2021 FIM MotoGP season will end on Sunday 14 November at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia.

Quartararo praises Rossi

Quartararo praises Rossi

The end-of-season race will also end the illustrious Grand Prix career of grand MotoGP Valentino Rossi and Quartararo paid rich tributes to the Italian, “To be honest it’s hard to see because a lot of people … with the results he has he has to retire. But I think now all the people who want him to go now want him to stay. It’s sad, he’s the legend of the sport . “

“He really brings something special. He’s the one who really inspired me as a kid, watching him, his celebrations, how he won, his personality, for me Valentino is the idol of many. of us. Yeah, I think everyone has to congratulate him on his career. “

Good references

Good references

In the current era of MotoGP, Quartararo is the third youngest champion behind Marquez (20 years and 266 days) and Casey Stoner (21 years and 342 days).

Additionally, Quartararo became the youngest Yamaha rider to win the first class world title, ahead of Jorge Lorenzo, who was 23 years old and 159 days old when he won the title in Malaysia in 2010.

New challenge

New challenge

Quartararo was only four years old when his father Etienne – himself a former 125cc French champion – gave him a Yamaha PW50.

It’s a familiar story for future MotoGP riders, and while Quartararo’s rise is stratospheric, there have certainly been a few challenges and tough seasons along the way.


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