Petronas SRT Yamaha rider Fabio Quartararo described his maiden MotoGP pole position as an unbelievable feeling, after a stunning display in Jerez.
The Frenchman became the youngest ever MotoGP pole sitter at 20 years and 14 days old, taking the record from Marc Marquez, by beating out his team-mate Franco Morbidelli in qualifying.
When asked to describe the feeling on securing his first pole in the premier class, Quartararo couldn’t believe it.
“The feeling is unbelievable,” said Quartararo. “But when I made this lap time, I think there was what, two minutes remaining? I knew that Marc go with three new tyres in the qualifying, so I didn’t expect to make the pole position.
“On the last lap I pushed to try and make another lap, and did a 37.2 so was also a good one. But I am really happy today.
“It’s a brand new team, but the people inside have a lot of experience. I want to thank them, because last year was tough at the beginning, but they believed in me for MotoGP so the feeling is incredible for them and for me.”
When asked what his chances were in Sunday’s race, the Frenchman remained coy, insisting tyre choice will be pivotal.
“We knew that all the top ten riders have a lot of pace, but it will be tough to make a choice for the tyre,” he said.
“It depends also on the weather tomorrow, but we will look after warm up and make a decision.”
Both satellite Yamaha’s were comfortably ahead of the factory team, when asked about what this could be, the pole sitter just explained he’s working on himself rather than worrying about what his bike doesn’t have compared to the factory.
“Since the beginning of the season I am making a step forwards with the bike,” he said.
“The braking point was our weak point, but what we did was just improve with the team and not think about the bike. The problem was the braking and step-by-step with the team we worked on my riding style till we arrived here.
“We didn’t think about the bike, but I still have margin on my riding style. Today I think we are really, really close, but I am not thinking about the bike at the moment.”