Unfortunately he crashed during the race last weekend in Australia, but the young Fabio Quartararo has had a breathtaking second half of the season, bringing him the title of best newcomer to MotoGP. Two races before the end of the season, the Petronas Yamaha rider has even surpassed his hero Valentino Rossi in the championship standings. The 20-year-old Frenchman from Nice has already won six Spanish championship titles and has broken several age records on his way to MotoGP – this year he became the youngest MotoGP pole sitter of all time. Many are already predicting that he will be serious competitor for 26-year-old reigning World Champion Marc Marquez. And there are other young talents trying to compete against the old world champions, such as the 24-year-old Maverick Vinales and the similarly aged Franco Morbidelli.
While age is always a topic of discussion, it doesn’t actually seem to matter in MotoGP anyway! Andrea Dovizio and Cal Crutchlow, both 33 years old, are currently second and fifth in the championship standings. Even the 40-year-old MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi is still fighting for podiums and currently sits seventh in the championship. Not only that, Rossi set a new record as he completed his 400th (!) Race in Australia – no one else has ever started so many races. For some time now there has been much speculation in the media about Rossi’s retirement, with some people saying that it is time for him to stop. His former team principal Jeremy Burgess fears that the 40-year-old Italian “might have held out too long”. But the Valentino Rossi has regularly made it clear that he will fulfill his contract until the end of the 2020 season. So the biggest name in MotoGP with the number 46 will return again next year, much to the delight of millions of fans worldwide!