Quartararo: MotoGP title battle with ex-Moto3 team-mate Mir a "cool story"

Fabio Quartararo thinks the fact he is now fighting ex-Moto3 team-mate Joan Mir for the MotoGP world title is a "cool story"

Quartararo: MotoGP title battle with ex-Moto3 team-mate Mir a "cool story"

Quartararo and Mir shared the Leopard garage in Moto3 in 2016, which was the latter's full season debut in the world championship.

While Mir would go on to score his first win that year and dominated in 2017 to secure the world title, Quartararo struggled for form and wouldn't add to his double podium haul from 2015 until he won the 2018 Moto2 Catalan Grand Prix.

Now both are split by eight points at the top of the MotoGP standings after Petronas SRT rider Quartararo led home Suzuki's Mir in the Catalan GP last month.

"For sure, we are in a much better position now because that year for me was a total disaster," Quartararo said when asked how it felt to be fighting for the premier class crown with his former Moto3 team-mate.

"So, that's great that we keep our relationship since then and right now we are 1-2 in the championship.

"Last year we were rookies and now we are there to fight for the championship, so I think it's a cool story."

Mir echoed that sentiment and says it's "nice" that both are currently the leading protagonists in MotoGP with just six rounds to go.

"It's so nice," Mir added. "I remember that year really well, because it was not easy at the beginning of the year.

"It was my first year in the world championship and we both struggled a lot for half of the season. Then it was a bit better and in the end my season was not bad for the first one.

"But it's nice that now both of us are fighting for the championship and I'm really happy."

Quartararo has won three races in 2020 while Mir is yet to register his maiden victory, though has scored more points than any other rider since August with a haul of 89 from four podiums and a fourth-place finish in the run of races between Austria and Catalunya.

Both Quartararo and Mir were joined by Andrea Locatelli at Leopard back in 2016, with the Italian dominating this year's World Supersport Championship with 11 wins so far on a Yamaha to claim the title.

shares
comments
Crutchlow’s arm "not in a great situation" ahead of French GP

Previous article

Crutchlow’s arm "not in a great situation" ahead of French GP

Next article

French MotoGP: Smith tops wet first practice at Le Mans

French MotoGP: Smith tops wet first practice at Le Mans
Load comments
How KTM has ended up with an embarrassment of MotoGP riches Plus

How KTM has ended up with an embarrassment of MotoGP riches

Forming a ladder all the way from Red Bull Rookies Cup to MotoGP, KTM has created a steady stream of top talents in grand prix racing delivering the Austrian marque with the success expected of the brand. Here's how it has gone about it

MotoGP
Jul 28, 2021
Why MotoGP will miss its gentle giant Plus

Why MotoGP will miss its gentle giant

Danilo Petrucci’s days in MotoGP appear numbered, as KTM looks to completely reshuffle the Tech3 team for 2022. Though the Italian's 2021 season so far hasn’t been standout, the giant Italian covertly became a top runner in MotoGP across the last decade and brought with him a personality that world sport sorely needs more of

MotoGP
Jul 22, 2021
Why Mir's MotoGP title defence can’t be written off yet Plus

Why Mir's MotoGP title defence can’t be written off yet

Joan Mir’s defence of his MotoGP title has had an underwhelming start as Suzuki didn’t progress its championship-winning GSX-RR as much as its rivals did with their bikes over the winter. Speaking to Autosport, Mir lays out why his title defence has been stalled so far and why he’s confident title number two is still within reach

MotoGP
Jul 12, 2021
The Rossi replacement who’s become the MotoGP leader Yamaha needed Plus

The Rossi replacement who’s become the MotoGP leader Yamaha needed

It's been six years since Jorge Lorenzo gave Yamaha its last MotoGP title in 2015. Since his departure at the end of 2016, Yamaha's form has been inconsistent but it has at last found a new talisman to return it to the top spot in the form of a precociously talented Frenchman who currently leads the standings

MotoGP
Jul 6, 2021
Why the Vinales/Yamaha MotoGP divorce satisfies both parties Plus

Why the Vinales/Yamaha MotoGP divorce satisfies both parties

On Monday Yamaha announced it will part ways with Maverick Vinales at the end of the 2021 season - a move requested by the rider. As the already strained relationship between both parties in MotoGP hit rock bottom in recent weeks, this divorce - as ORIOL PUIGDEMONT writes - is good for both Yamaha and Vinales for a number of reasons

MotoGP
Jun 28, 2021
The unexpected Rossi/Ducati MotoGP sequel offering redemption Plus

The unexpected Rossi/Ducati MotoGP sequel offering redemption

A decade after first linking up with Ducati in what turned out to be an ill-fated period in his MotoGP career, Valentino Rossi has joined forces with the Italian marque once more - this time as a team owner. And the VR46/Ducati tie-up beginning in 2022 has the potential to right the wrongs of Rossi and Ducati's nadir of 2011/2012

MotoGP
Jun 24, 2021
Why Yamaha is about to risk losing Valentino Rossi Plus

Why Yamaha is about to risk losing Valentino Rossi

With Valentino Rossi’s next career move imminent in MotoGP, it is set to have wide-reaching influences on a number of riders and teams on the grid. But one of the biggest impacts will be felt at Yamaha, with its pivotal role in the saga set to see it lose its appointment with ‘The Doctor’

MotoGP
Jun 22, 2021
How Marquez beat his Honda in his heroic MotoGP comeback win Plus

How Marquez beat his Honda in his heroic MotoGP comeback win

Marc Marquez has been through hell and back in the 581 days between his win in the 2019 Valencia season finale and his heroic MotoGP comeback victory in Germany last Sunday. Despite battling physical limitations and a difficult 2021-spec Honda, the Sachsenring provided the perfect storm for the Spaniard to return to the top step

MotoGP
Jun 21, 2021