Fabio Quartararo is a French Grand Prix racer who currently rides for the Petronas Yamaha SRT team in MotoGP. He is the youngest ever MotoGP pole sitter, having secured his maiden pole position at the age of 20 years and 14 days at the 2019 Spanish Grand Prix in Jerez.
Date of Birth: April 20
Hometown: Nice, France
Height: 176 cm
Weight: 68 kg
After impressing in the junior classes in Spain, Fabio moved into the Moto3 class of the CEV Repsol series in 2013, finishing on the podium in his maiden race in the series, run in wet conditions, as he took second at Catalunya. Fabio finished sixth in the second race at the circuit, and then won each of the final three races from pole position. As a result, Fabio became the youngest rider to win the series.
Fabio remained in the CEV Repsol Championship for the 2014 season, as he was not old enough to graduate to world championship racing. Fabio finished the season as a clear champion, winning nine of the season's eleven races and finishing second at Jerez and Albacete. His eventual championship-winning margin was 127 points.
Fabio's performances in the Spanish series were noted at world championship level. In the race which supported the 2014 French Grand Prix at Le Mans, Fabio won by almost four seconds over nine laps, leading almost the entire race having started from second on the grid. In August 2014, the Grand Prix Commission– consisting of representatives from Dorna Sports, the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM), the International Road-Racing Teams Association (IRTA) and the Motorcycle Sports Manufacturers' Association (MSMA) – announced a change to the previously-introduced age eligibility rules, allowing for the champion of the FIM CEV Moto3 Championship (regardless of age) to compete in the succeeding season of the Moto3 World Championship.
Fabio made the step up to Moto3 and took his first podium in Austin, Texas, after finishing in second place. He achieved his first pole position at the Spanish Grand Prix, finishing the race in fourth place. On home soil at Le Mans, Fabio again took pole position, and returned to the podium with a second-place finish at Assen, having been part of the lead group for the entire race; finishing just 0.066 seconds behind the race winner. Fabio ultimately finished the season in tenth place, with 92 points. In 2016 he remained in the Moto3 class.
In 2017 he stepped up to Moto2 with Pons HP 40 Team.
2018 saw Fabio moving to the Speed Up Racing Moto Team, taking his first series win at Catalunya.
In 2019, he made the step up to the premier class with the Petronas Yamaha SRT team, becoming the youngest ever MotoGP pole sitter during the fourth round of the season at Jerez.