Petronas SRT Yamaha rider Fabio Quartararo called his second place in Misano ‘the best moment of his life’, as the Frenchman lost out on a last lap battle to MotoGP World Championship leader Marc Marquez.
Starting from the outside of the front row, the satellite Yamaha man started well and took the lead off Maverick Vinales on the third lap and held onto the lead until the final lap when Marquez took the lead off him. Quartararo did fight back at turn four, only for Marquez to retake the lead three corners later, holding on to the flag.
Despite not being able to convert his race-long lead into a first MotoGP victory, the Frenchman was delighted with his race and podium.
“It was a really tough race; I knew that he was trying to do something in the last lap,” said the 20-year-old.
“When you have on the board 0.2 Marquez for 20 laps, it’s not easy and at the end I didn’t make a big mistake. Sometimes I missed the apex of the corners, but the good thing is that he overtakes us on the first corner, we reach to overtake back on four, and we went fighting for the victory till the last moment.
“Today was the best moment of my life to make a race with him and I hope to have much more good moments during this season.”
Marquez has seen victory snatched from him on the final lap in the two races proceeding Misano, losing out to Dovizioso in Austria and Rins in Silverstone. With Quartararo leading the whole race, he said he was expecting a challenge to come from Marquez on the final lap.
“I knew that we had the pace during this weekend. We have two days of testing two weeks ago,” he said.
“Maverick was really fast in the end of the race and was not easy when he overtake us in corner eight, but I knew corner eleven I was doing in a really good and I tried my maximum until corner fourteen as I think that’s the last overtaking point, we make a small mistake, but I can only be happy about this race.
“Marc closed the door in fourteen, I thought he went in really, really fast to the corner, he will not turn, and finally I don’t know how he do, but he keep the line and I go a little bit wide, but it wasn’t a mistake.”
Marquez was very forthcoming with his praise for Quartararo, calling him the best rider of the race. When asked about Marquez’ comments, he said: “First of all I was waiting a lot to fight with him, finally it’s the first time that we have been on track together.
“We have been together on practice, but we never make an entire lap together and today we made all the race.
“I could overtake him for the first time in corner four, and it was really nice to have a fight with him. I learn many things to be under pressure, and I was under pressure as he was there all the laps under 0.5 seconds.”