MotoGP expert spots potential leak of Valentino Rossi’s Yamaha replacement
MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi can't continue racing forever and his successor may have just taken another giant step to taking over his mantle.
Fabio Quartararo, who is in his rookie season in MotoGP, has been pictured on a flight to Thailand wearing a Monster Energy t-shirt.
The drinks company are the title sponsor of the Yamaha team that are synonymous with Rossi.
MotoGP journalist Michel Turco believes the deal between Quatararo and Monster Energy was signed in August and suggests a long-term future with the Japanese manufacturer.
The 20-year-old is undoubtedly the find of the season and has performed way beyond what anyone would've expected on his Petronas-backed Yamaha.
Rossi and his current Yamaha team-mate Maverick Vinales are both contracted until 2020, by which point 'The Doctor' is tipped to retire.
Quartararo appears his heir apparent as Yamaha look to end their four-year wait for a world championship.
Rossi joked that the youngster is a "nuisance" following his consistent presence at the front of the grid.
Quartararo took the comment well insisting it is "an honour to be a nuisance for Rossi."
The French rookie put his bike on pole position in just his fourth race and has put in a string of impressive performances finishing on the podium on four occasions.
He recently ran Marc Marquez close at the San Marino Grand Prix which showed his hunger to take on the sport's champion.
Quartararo, along with the rest of the MotoGP grid, is on his way to Buriram International Circuit for round 15 of the season.
Marquez, who lead the championship by 98 points, can wrap up his eighth world title in Thailand this weekend.
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