Date of birth
20 Apr 1999
Place of birth
Fabio Quartararo, born in Nice on 20th April 1999, realised his passion for motorcycle racing at the tender age of four in his native France. He soon moved to Spain to develop his career - with success. He competed in the national championship in the 50cc, 70cc, and 80cc categories between 2008 and 2011, before winning the Pre-Moto3 national title in 2012.
In 2013, at the age of fourteen, Quartararo made his Moto3 debut in the FIM CEV series, and after a difficult start to the season he won the final three races to become the youngest ever champion. The Frenchman defended the title in style in 2014 with podium finishes in every race and nine victories from eleven races.
The previous rule against participating in the Moto3 World Championship until the age of 16 had been repealed for Quartararo, so for 2015 - aged just 15 - he joined Jorge Navarro in the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda team. Impressing from the start, Quartararo was on the podium in just his second race. He repeated this feat in Assen after claiming pole at both Jerez and Le Mans, but unfortunately a late-season ankle injury halted his progress. He still ended his rookie year in tenth place and took thirteenth place in 2016 with the Leopard Racing team.
For 2017 Quartararo moved up to Moto2 with Paginas Amarillas HP40, but it proved to be a difficult year for him, finishing the season in thirteenth place again. However, his impressive pace throughout his intermediate class debut allowed him to move to the Speed Up Racing team for his sophomore season.
It was in 2018 that he made big strides in the Moto2 championship and beyond. He took his first intermediate class pole and GP win at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. He followed it up with a second place at the TT Circuit Assen and ultimately took a top-ten finish in the final standings. In August 2018, it was also announced that Quartararo would join Franco Morbidelli at the newly created Yamaha satellite team, Petronas Yamaha SRT, in 2019. A big challenge – but the Frenchman was ready for it.
What followed in 2019 was nothing short of remarkable. ‘El Diablo’ took an incredible seven podiums and six pole positions. He also wrapped up the season as Rookie of the Year, winner of the Independent Riders’ Championship, and fifth in the overall World Championship.
Still missing his elusive debut win in the premier class, that became his key target for 2020. Despite the calendar changes due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, he didn’t have to wait long. Quartararo dominated in Jerez in July, opening his campaign with a double win. In Catalunya he scored his third win, but he struggled to put up the same performance at the end of the season. However, over a total of 14 GPs he secured nine front-row starts, four of which were pole positions. It’s clear the French prodigy has the speed, so now he will be aiming for consistency to secure his first championship win.
In 2021, Quartararo fulfils his dream of becoming a factory rider in MotoGP. He follows into the footsteps of his idol Valentino Rossi by joining Maverick Viñales in the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP garage.