Quartararo, eager to defend his throne in Austria

The summer break has been "too" long for a leader who sees it as vital to get a "good result" from the Styrian GP to preserve his cushion.


Five weeks later, the MotoGP championship ends its truce and returns to action this weekend in Austria for the tenth race of the year, the first of two stops at the Red Bull Ring. If someone from the premier category could go on vacation satisfied, it is undoubtedly Fabio Quartararo. The Frenchman stood out above all in the first half of the season and reached the break with a generous 34-point cushion that protects his leadership of the Ducati de Zarco.

For the next Styrian GP, the Yamaha one explained on 'MotoGP.com' how he faces the return to competition after a break that has been "too" long: "I used the break to spend my time with my family and my friends. It was good to disconnect from the races for a while, but maybe it was too much. "The Austrian track is not a dish of good taste for the Japanese team and Quartararo knows it, so he faces this event as a real challenge: "I want to go to Austria and get on my motorcycle. I hope to do the best I can, in 2019 We made the podium and I think it would be important for us to do our best, we know that it is not a track that favors us but I am very motivated and it would be vital to get a good result ".

If El Diablo is able to maintain the pace that has led him to be the outstanding leader of the category, few riders will be able to snatch his first MotoGP title from him. To the Zarco, Bagnaia, Mir and Miller, the Frenchman adds another rival that will make his way difficult: "Besides the Top-5, Miguel Oliveira I think he will be very strong in the second half of the season." However, he acknowledges that he hopes to be "in all the fights for the big races to get the victory" .

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