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Fabio Quartararo: A new star is born

Fabio Quartararo: A new star is born

Perhaps still relatively few people will know the name Fabio Quartararo, but it is definitely one to keep in mind for the future.

This year in his very first campaign in the Spanish National Championship (FIM CEV Repsol) Quartararo became the youngest ever champion of Spain, at just 14 years of age – having won the last three Moto3™ races of the season.

The French teenager took the record of youngest ever Spanish champion from Aleix Espargaro by wrapping up the title last weekend in Jerez. Quartararo has been riding motorcycles since the age of four and first competed in Spain on a 50cc machine at just seven years of age, going on to win every series he has participated in since then.

This year he made his FIM CEV Repsol debut in the Wild Wolf team run by former rider Juan Bautista Borja and achieved a podium finish in his first race at a wet Montmeló (Barcelona). He then had an inconsistent patch of form, despite starting on pole at the Navarra round of the championship.

After that race the team made two key changes which were to ultimately bear fruit. Firstly the introduction of engineer Christian Lundberg (a former mechanic of Maverick Viñales) into the team and secondly the creation of a specific physical training plan for the rider, designed to help him reach his full potential.

Known in the paddock as “El Diablo” (The Devil), Quartararo arrived at the penultimate round in Valencia eighth in the general standings with only 40 points to his name. He left the Circuito Ricardo Tormo in much better shape having won both Moto3 races that weekend on-board his FTR Honda.

He moved up the standings and gave himself an outside chance of winning the title at the last round in Jerez. Drama was to follow there, with the crash of Maria Herrera (who had been leading the championship going into the last race) and a mechanical fault for Alejandro Medina, combined with a great win for Quartararo – to give him the title by one point from rival Marcos Ramirez.

Due to his age Quartararo is still too young to compete in the Moto3™ World Championship next year and he will therefore continue in the FIM CEV Repsol.

One final statistic to underline his talent: Quartararo’s qualifying time for the Jerez race, achieved in very cool conditions, was a 1’47.100 best lap which would have put him in second on the grid behind Alex Rins for the Moto3™ Grand Prix race earlier this year at the same track.

Moto3, 2014

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