Quartararo seeking 'clean weekend'

Fabio Quartararo seeking a 'clean weekend' at the Italian MotoGP to turn speed into results.
Quartararo seeking 'clean weekend'

Five races into his MotoGP career and there is no doubting rookie Fabio Quartararo's raw speed.

The Petronas Yamaha SRT rider has already claimed a pole position at Jerez, topped a day of official testing in Spain and set the fastest race lap in Qatar and last time at Le Mans.

However, his best race result remains seventh place in Austin - after stalling on the grid in Qatar, suffering a technical failure at Jerez and sinking to 15th on the opening lap in France.

As such, Quartararo is unsurprisingly targeting a 'clean weekend' at Mugello, a circuit where his best result is a fifth place in the 2016 Moto3 race.

"Mugello is one of the most difficult circuits on the calendar but I’m still pushing for a strong performance," said Quartararo, who recovered to eighth at Le Mans.

"In France, I had a great fight back through the field and the fastest lap showed the pace we can have.

"For Mugello, I want to be further up the order on the grid and make a better start. If I can do that – and show the same race pace we had in Le Mans – it should be a happy race!

"If we put together a clean weekend from Friday to Sunday, we can get a good result, as our potential has shown at recent races."

Quartararo currently holds twelfth in the world championship standings, but has a 16 point lead over Francesco Bagnaia (Pramac Ducati) in the fight to be top rookie.