MotoGP
28 Mar
Event finished
04 Apr
Event finished
18 Apr
FP1 in
23 Hours
:
46 Minutes
:
42 Seconds
R
Spanish GP
02 May
Race in
17 days
R
French GP
16 May
Race in
31 days
R
Italian GP
30 May
Race in
45 days
R
Catalan GP
06 Jun
Race in
52 days
R
German GP
20 Jun
Race in
66 days
R
Dutch GP
27 Jun
Race in
73 days
R
Finnish GP
11 Jul
Race in
87 days
R
Austrian GP
15 Aug
Race in
122 days
R
British GP
29 Aug
Race in
136 days
R
Aragon GP
12 Sep
Race in
150 days
R
San Marino GP
19 Sep
Race in
157 days
R
Japanese GP
03 Oct
Race in
170 days
R
Thailand GP
10 Oct
Race in
177 days
R
Australian GP
24 Oct
Race in
191 days
R
Malaysian GP
31 Oct
Race in
198 days
R
Valencia GP
14 Nov
Race in
213 days

Quartararo "impatient" after surprise Austria podium

Petronas SRT MotoGP rider Fabio Quartararo says his surprise Red Bull Ring podium has left him feeling "impatient" for tracks where the Yamaha will stand a better chance of fighting for wins.

Quartararo "impatient" after surprise Austria podium

Quartararo led the opening laps of the Austrian Grand Prix, but was overtaken by both Andrea Dovizioso's Ducati and Marc Marquez's Honda on lap six of 28.

The Frenchman however was able to hold position after that to finish in third place, helped by a crash for the Pramac Ducati of Jack Miller, leading home factory Yamaha pair Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales.

Quartararo described his Austria podium as the most "satisfying" of the three he's earned to date in MotoGP because he "never thought" he could achieve it at a track where Yamaha's deficiency in a straight line should have been a big penalty.

"First of all, I didn't even expect to hold for so long against Marc and Dovi," said Quartararo.

"I think getting a podium on a track where we were struggling really makes us impatient to arrive on a track where we could fight with them.

"That's one of the first time I manage the tyres so well, better than in Brno, where I wasn't on top of it. I really handled well the engine brake.

"It's good to be able to think while I'm on the bike and to make progress little by little during the race and not only during the quali."

More from Austria:

He added: "Even when I was ahead, I was taking care of my rear tyre and I didn't think I'd hold so much as we knew we were really weaker than the others in the straights.

"I managed to maintain my own rhythm and most of all, I resisted Valentino's pressure and extended my gap lap after lap. I found myself at ease and was super-confident."

On his prospects for the next race at Silverstone, Quartararo said: "It's indeed a Yamaha track, much better than Austria, but we know it will be very hard too, even if the bike goes well there.

"We'll arrive there back from a podium finish and I think this is very positive."

Although he wasn't the top Yamaha finisher, fourth place for Rossi marked his strongest result since he his back-to-back second places in Argentina and Texas early in the season.

Asked where he felt Quartararo had an advantage over him, Rossi said: "He suffered a bit less on the rear tyre so he can put the soft.

"Today is a good condition with the soft because it was colder than yesterday, but for me during the practice I suffered very much with the soft rear, also with the time attack.

"I think that anyway the better choice for me is the medium, but with the medium we have a little bit less grip, and also this weekend Quartararo did a fantastic job."

Additional reporting by Oriol Puigdemont

Fabio Quartararo, Petronas Yamaha SRT

Fabio Quartararo, Petronas Yamaha SRT

Photo by: Gold and Goose / LAT Images

shares
comments
Zarco to leave KTM after single MotoGP season

Previous article

Zarco to leave KTM after single MotoGP season

Next article

Petrucci admits Austria qualifying crash ruined his race

Petrucci admits Austria qualifying crash ruined his race
Load comments

About this article

Series MotoGP
Event Austrian GP
Drivers Fabio Quartararo
Teams SIC Racing Team
Author Jamie Klein
Where does Espargaro sit ahead of Marquez's return? Prime

Where does Espargaro sit ahead of Marquez's return?

Pol Espargaro’s first results as a Honda MotoGP rider may not appear special. But dig a little deeper and a clearer picture of his performance emerges. And, as Lewis Duncan writes, it’s cause for celebration at Honda with the return of Marc Marquez set to provide Espargaro with the reference he has been missing so far this year

MotoGP
Apr 12, 2021
The "pit bull" MotoGP rookie already drawing legendary comparisons Prime

The "pit bull" MotoGP rookie already drawing legendary comparisons

MotoGP’s 2021 rookie crop is one of the strongest in recent years, but one is already standing out. Jorge Martin’s Doha GP heroics have courted many to compare him to numerous MotoGP legends. Autosport spoke to Pramac boss Francesco Guidotti to find out why MotoGP’s latest Spanish star is already making such an impact

MotoGP
Apr 9, 2021
Why MotoGP's stewards must revisit Miller and Mir's Losail clash Prime

Why MotoGP's stewards must revisit Miller and Mir's Losail clash

Despite Suzuki’s decision not to appeal against Race Direction’s refusal to penalise Jack Miller following the incident with Joan Mir in Losail, something must be done to avoid a repeat of such an incident, which could have easily ended in tragedy

MotoGP
Apr 6, 2021
Why MotoGP’s top gun looks more dangerous at the Doha GP Prime

Why MotoGP’s top gun looks more dangerous at the Doha GP

Lightning hasn't struck twice for Maverick Vinales since 2017 and his wayward form of recent years makes predicting how he'll fare each MotoGP race weekend tricky. But fresh from his Qatar GP win, Vinales looks like an even more dangerous prospect for the Doha GP following an intriguing Friday practice.

MotoGP
Apr 3, 2021
Why MotoGP’s new Amazon Prime series is long overdue Prime

Why MotoGP’s new Amazon Prime series is long overdue

OPINION: MotoGP is getting its own version of Drive to Survive on Amazon Prime at some point in the near future. It was news welcomed by the grid’s leading riders. And following the impact DTS has had on Formula 1, MotoGP desperately needs the same boost.

MotoGP
Mar 31, 2021
The key changes behind the latest 'return of the Mack' Prime

The key changes behind the latest 'return of the Mack'

Maverick Vinales’s authoritative victory at the MotoGP season opener came during a period of personal and professional change for the Yamaha rider. Can it be the springboard for a title challenge?

MotoGP
Mar 29, 2021
Why Lorenzo needs to ditch social media and enjoy retirement Prime

Why Lorenzo needs to ditch social media and enjoy retirement

OPINION: Jorge Lorenzo's status as one of the greatest MotoGP riders of all time is hard to dispute. But his constant social media spats with fellow riders and insistence on listing his achievements to his detractors are running the risk of tarnishing a legacy he worked hard to create.

MotoGP
Mar 20, 2021
Can leaving a factory team end Rossi’s MotoGP win drought? Prime

Can leaving a factory team end Rossi’s MotoGP win drought?

It is over three-and-a-half years since the Italian national anthem rang out to declare a Valentino Rossi victory in MotoGP. To some onlookers his move out of the factory Yamaha squad meant the 2017 Dutch TT could remain his final win, but after an encouraging transition at Petronas SRT hope is far from lost

MotoGP
Mar 19, 2021