By Manuel Pecino / Photos courtesy Seang Racing Team / Copyright reserved
All of us who follow the races at some point have thought about how spectacular it would be to see Marc Marquez and Casey Stoner face off on track. As Cal Crutchlow says, "I would pay a lot of money to see a duel between the two.” We would too. It would be a confrontation between the mega-winning character of Spanish rider and the supernatural Australian talent. Take my money!
Obviously, the question of who would win this duel comes up. And for this we again turn to Crutchlow, who as we know, does not hold back when asked a question. “In my opinion, if the race were normal, meaning that everyone was on the track, Casey would clearly win. On the other hand, if the race were a head-to-head between just the two of them, Marc would win.”
Fabio Quartararo is probably the greatest natural talent that has appeared in the World Championship since the withdrawal of Stoner at the end of 2012.
You may be wondering what is this about regarding Marquez and Stoner when the title of this piece is about Quartararo? Well, there are several things: The first is that Fabio Quartararo is probably the greatest natural talent that has appeared in the World Championship since the withdrawal of Stoner at the end of 2012.
The second is the way they both entered into MotoGP. Both did it through the back door as ‘market surplus’ after their respective teams had their A rider option all short. In Casey's case it was Sete Gibernau’s lack of understanding with the Ducati; in Quartararo's, first Lorenzo's decline and then Pedrosa’s withdrawal. Both also surprisingly exploded onto the scene in their first season in MotoGP, having passed quite discreetly through the lower displacements. Of course, Stoner much more straightforwardly because he took the title that first year in the ‘first division.’
Stoner and Quartararo entered into MotoGP through the back door as ‘market surplus’ after their respective teams had their A option fall short.
But the similarities do not stay in their trajectories. Probably the most interesting is in his way of riding. In Japan, at one of the press conferences Franco Morbidelli declared: "The technical improvements are this sitting next to me," meaning Fabio Quartararo, as a response what was behind their performance improvement in the previous races. "Fabio is teaching us riders, but also the engineers, what our motorcycle is capable of."
"Fabio is teaching us riders, but also the engineers, what our motorcycle is capable of," Franco Morbidelli about Fabio Quartararo.
In the same vein, Esteban Garcia, Maverick Viñales’ trusted man inside the factory Yamaha box, said: “He has a way of riding the motorcycle that is completely different from the others. In what sense? The most striking thing when you look at his telemetry is...
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