Fabio Quartararo has made waves in his rookie premier class season with the Petronas SRT Yamaha team, scoring three pole positions and four podiums in his first 13 races in MotoGP.
At Misano, he led for most of the 27-lap contest, resisting immense pressure from reigning world champion Marc Marquez up until the last tour.
Motorsport.com’s global MotoGP editor Oriol Puigdemont and Autosport’s Motorcycle Racing Correspondent Lewis Duncan discuss if a glimpse at MotoGP’s future was offered up in last Sunday’s thrilling San Marino Grand Prix in the latest edition of the Tank Slappers podcast.
They also pick the bones of Yamaha’s current predicament regarding its future factory line-up amidst the seemingly unstoppable rise of Quartararo, and just what his Misano win meant to Marquez following a spat with arch rival Valentino Rossi at the end of qualifying.
KTM’s 2020 rider situation is also touched on again, as a former KTM runner is back in the frame to replace Johann Zarco for 2020.
This podcast was recorded before the announcement Zarco would be dropped with immediate effect for the remainder of the 2019 campaign.
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