MotoGP world champion Fabio Quartararo is beloved among his rivals, according to Yamaha chairman Lin Jarvis, since he “doesn’t look for enemies” in his racing.
When Quartararo swept to France’s first premier class title with two rounds to spare in 2021, he became Yamaha’s first global champion since Jorge Lorenzo in 2015.
After being signed to replace MotoGP great Valentino Rossi, the Frenchman won five races in the 2021 season, his first with the factory Yamaha team.
Quartararo’s victory in 2021 was not only well received by spectators, but also by his on-track rivals.
Yamaha chief Jarvis told Motorsport.es confidentially that Quartararo’s character is “one of Fabio’s strengths” and that the fact that he “doesn’t need to create enemies” to inspire himself has earned him global popularity.
“He’s a really good guy, and he also has the ability to go very fast, to be aggressive when he needs to be and to overtake when he needs to,” Jarvis said.
“He always brings a lot of positivity to the team.
“There are riders who need an enemy to be at their best, to destroy their opponents, but Fabio is not like that.
“Fabio is not like that. He doesn’t look for enemies, but rivals to compete with.
“If Fabio is so popular with the other riders it’s because he doesn’t need to create those enemies.”
Quartararo’s demeanor, according to Jarvis, is great for MotoGP as a whole, and the Frenchman is “the champion who has made it the easiest for me to work with.”
“It’s good for MotoGP to have a champion with that personality and spirit,” Jarvis continued.
“That’s not easy to find. If we can maintain that, we’ll certainly do well in the post-Rossi era.
“Throughout my career I have worked with some riders who have made it very easy for me, and others who have been much more difficult to manage.
“The thing is that those who are good people don’t usually win.
“In that sense, Fabio is the champion who has made it easiest for me to work with.”
Quartararo will stay with Yamaha through 2022, but he said he wouldn’t sign anything for 2023 unless he sees genuine progress from the bike at the Sepang pre-season test in February, after an uninspiring post-season Jerez test on the new M1.
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