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There's one rider on the 2019 MotoGP grid who has quietly been making a wave so far this season. He's not a standout rookie, but is well into his career and needed a turnaround in fortune not long ago. Now, there are comparisons with some of the best.
The title battle and a couple of milestone first-time victories aside, the 2019 MotoGP campaign is on course to leave its mark as the season of Fabio Quartararo's emergence - should the 20-year-old go on to deliver on his early promise.
Quartararo is now MotoGP's youngest-ever polesitter, and has repeatedly proven that his bursts of pace on the rookie-friendly Yamaha M1 are no fluke. As a result, he's gone from motorcycle grand prix racing's forgotten prodigy - after four middling years in the lower categories - to arguably its hottest property ahead of the anticipated 2021 silly season.
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