Quartararo To Join Yamaha Factory Team In 2021

Fabio Quartararo

GERNO DI LESMO, Italy — Fabio Quartararo has joined the Yamaha Factory Racing MotoGP team for the 2021 and ’22 seasons.

Yamaha Factory Racing MotoGP Team are delighted to welcome Fabio Quartararo to their line-up for the 2021 and 2022 season.

Quartararo will replace Valentino Rossi, who will leave the team at the end of the season.

Quartararo is a unique talent and a rider with a bright future in MotoGP. The 20-year old from Nice, France, scored seven podiums (in his debut season with Petronas Yamaha Sepang Racing Team, which at the time was a brand-new Yamaha satellite team.

Ultimately, he secured fifth place in the overall MotoGP standings, earning him the Best Independent Team Rider honor by 27 points, as well as the rookie-of-the-year title.

In 2020 Quartararo will again be a Petronas Yamaha Sepang Racing Team rider, completing the second year of his current two-year agreement. However, this season he will be riding the factory-spec YZR-M1. Moreover, he will enjoy Yamaha’s full support throughout the upcoming season, as well as when he moves up to the Factory Team in 2021.

In 2021 and 2022, Quartararo will partner Maverick Viñales, whose two-year contract extension with the Yamaha Factory Racing MotoGP Team was announced yesterday.

“I’m delighted about what my management has achieved in the last few months together with YMC. It was not simple to establish, but now I have a clear plan for the next three years and I‘m really happy,” Quartararo said. “I will work hard, like I did last year, and I‘m extremely motivated to achieve great performances.”