Not too fast for Fabio: rookie makes history as he takes pole in Jerez 1A 20-year-old rookie from France being hyped as the next MotoGP star. But can Fabio Quartararo fulfil the expectations?

The Grand Prix of Spain started off with a sensation: Frenchman Fabio Quartararo managed to become the youngest pole-sitter at the age of 20. While people have been calling him the next Marc Marquez, who held the record for the youngest pole-sitter before, Quartararo ended the race with a mechanical failure that snatched away an almost certain podium finish. Quartararo joined the MotoGP with Petronas Yamaha SRT in 2019 and currently holds 17th position in the standings.

Marc Marquez won his home race in Spain, but the pressure for Quartararo is on, as he is being treated as a potential threat to Marques for the next race, which will be held in France on May 19th. Will the Frenchman be able succeed in his home race?

Fabio Quartararo started racing by the age of four, when his father Etienne (a former French champion himself) bought him a PW50 mini bike. Soon after that, Quartararo participated in races in Catalunya, where he won the Catalan 50cc championship by the age of nine, followed by the Catalan 70cc title three years later and so on. By the age of 14, Quartararo became the youngest winner of the Repsol CEV Moto3 championship.

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Looking at the upcoming race in France, it would not be the first time for Quartararo to succeed at the Bugatti Circuit as he has won the CEV Repsol – Moto3 in Le Mans in 2014. After that success, many paddock people put money on Quartararo winning the Moto3 world championship in 2015, but the youngster could not fulfil their expectations.

After years of struggling, changing teams and manager, it seems as if Quartararo has finally found a team that helps him grow. As the youngster has shown in Spain, he is able to compete with top racers in MotoGp. Still, winning his home race in France might be the biggest challenge of his career so far, as it comes with some extra pressure.

If you believe in Quartararo’s talent, the French Grand Prix might be a good chance for you to take a punt on him. Betting on Big Events has become really popular within MotoGP fans during the last years and it is a great indicator to find out how other fans think about Quartararo. One thing is for sure: Even if he does not win the French MotoGP, the race in Le Mans will help us getting to know the youngster better as we will see how he handles the pressure.

Facts about the Bugatti Circuit

The French MotoGP will take place on the Bugatti Circuit in Le Mans, which has been a fixture to the MotoGP calendar since 2000. The circuit itself has a length of 4.2 km (2.6 miles) and 14 turns. The current lap record of 1:32.209 is held by Maverick Viñales (Yamaha), who set the record in 2017.