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Confidence restored for Fabio Quartararo as he leads the field on the opening day of practice at the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas.
Entering the World Championship as a double CEV Champion and one of the youngest riders in recent years put a lot of pressure on the shoulders of Fabio Quartararo. The 16 year old from Nice had a decent first campaign with two podiums, the season cut short by injury at the end. Now in his second year on the world stage, expectations were high for him. Unfortunately the opening two rounds did not deliver as he struggled with race pace, but Friday in Austin offered hope. The Leopard Racing rider set a 2’16.250 to lead the lightweight class as the flag came out in FP2.
Not only was he able to set a fast lap without the help of a slipstream, he also spent the entirety of Free Practice 1 on the same tyre working on his race pace. In Qatar Quartararo had looked quick in practice but floundered during the race, as he had scarcely done a long run before, but those issues are now clearly gone. The Circuit of the Americas was the sight of his first ever podium in the World Championship in 2015 and if his pace continues he could very well be on for his first win.
Fabio Quartararo: “It was a very positive day for us. In the first session I did a long run and I kept a good pace, finishing fifth without putting in a Qualifying tyre. We worked a lot on the race pace with no riders ahead, it was my time. I’m really happy, I want thank my team for their work. I can’t wait to start again tomorrow."
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