Valentino Rossi is certainly no longer defending the Yamaha Monster Energy Team next season, and his position was shifted by Fabio Quartararo. As a rider who is still 21 years old, of course this is a pride for El Diablo, but he just felt strange.
Together with the Yamaha SRT Petronas Team, Quartararo performed brilliantly on his debut season in MotoGP in the 2019 season yesterday. He won 7 Podiums and 6 Poles, and finished 5th.
No doubt, El Diablo was lined up to be the best debutant rider in that season.
Not only that, his slick performance made Yamaha immediately give him the YZR-M1 motorcycle the latest manufacturer spec on this season’s campaign. And interesting news again, Quartararo is also certain to get a contract from the Yamaha Monster Energy Team for the next two seasons.
In other words, it means that El Diablo officially shifted Valentino Rossi from the Tala Fork Team, and will become a tandem for Maverick Vinales starting next season. The French rider claimed to be proud because his future was clear.
“I am very happy because my future is clear. I have a two-year contract with the Yamaha manufacturer team, “he said.
However, on the one hand El Diablo admitted that he was awkward because he had to replace Valentino Rossi. The reason is, The Doctor is his idol so far, even since childhood. He was willing to wait for hours to be able to take selfies with the legend.
“Vale is my idol of all time. It feels very strange that from 2021 I will occupy his current position. When I was a child, I waited for him for hours in front of hospitality, “he said.
The habit of asking for photos together with Rossi is still done by El Diablo until now. He already considers The Doctor as a Legend, therefore the 21-year-old rider is determined to follow in the footsteps of his idol.
“Every time I see it, I ask for a photo together. Anyway, every time I can meet him, I want to ask for a photo together! Vale is a legend and I can follow in his footsteps starting next season, “concluded the French rider.
Quartararo certainly cannot act again on the track this season because the competition is suspended.