Fabio Quartararo to replace Valentino Rossi? MotoGP insider makes fascinating claim

The rookie has been a revelation despite this being his debut season in the MotoGP ranks.

His record at Moto2 level was steady, but unspectacular.

He bagged just one win last season in Catalonia and finished 10th overall.

Nevertheless, since moving into the premier class, Quartararo has been a revelation.

“Fabio Quartararo could replace Valentino Rossi at Yamaha”

He bagged pole position in Jerez but disaster struck during the race and he was forced to retire.

Quartararo will get another chance to impress in Catalonia this weekend. Once again he’s on pole position having edged out Marc Marquez.

Valentino Rossi will start fifth as the 40-year-old looks to get his season back on track.

The Doctor has now been racing at the highest level for two decades and has had an erratic campaign.

Zeelenberg hinted that Yamaha chiefs view Quartararo as a long-term heir to the veteran superstar.

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“I had been watching him since CEV because it’s a high-level championship,” Zeelenberg told Motorsport Magazine.

“He basically destroyed everybody, so his talent was clear, although a bit raw.

“Yamaha has also been watching him for a while.

“Four years ago Lin [Jarvis, Yamaha Racing’s managing director] asked me what I was seeing around the racetrack and who looked good, so I mentioned Fabio.

“As soon as Dani [Pedrosa] decided to retire and not join our new team for 2019, Fabio was at the top of our list.”

Quartararo underwent arm pump surgery just a few days ago. The 20-year-old admitted he surprised himself with his dominant showing.

“Well, we are struggling on the start – it’s true,” Quartararo told BT Sport.

“But yes, it’s good to start on P1 on this track. Of course we will do our best to be in the best condition as possible.

“After the surgery 10 days ago I didn’t expect to arrive that fit. So yes, another watch in the pocket!”

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