New MotoGP wunderkind Fabio Quartararo has been named by Marc Marquez as the rider most likely to give him a hard time until the end of the season but the Frenchman has played down his expecations.
Quartararo, who is now recovered from his emergency arm-pump operation, is only aiming for a top-eight finish at this weekend’s Brno round despite having podium pace for most of this, his rookie season.
“I’ve been able to have some rest over the break to help to heal my arm and shoulder, and I’ve also been training hard ready for the rest of the season,” said Quartararo.
“My arm and shoulder feels good now, and I’ve been doing some motocross to confirm it. I’m really looking forward to seeing how it’ll be during a race weekend again.
“My expectation will be the same as in the past few races, inside the top eight. We also know that we can be really fast in qualifying, so we can expect even better from that.”