The battle of Sunday 15 September at the San Marino GP between the Spanish champion and the 20-year-old Frenchman enthused: prologue of future struggles in the world championship.
"In 2020 Fabio is a candidate for the title," says Marc Marquez bursts with joy mixed with anger at the success of Misano, caught with a great pass on the last lap on Quartararo: "Honestly, I knew that it was not necessary to win, but yesterday I had a further motivation and an extra boost for the race, both because after losing two GPs in a row, it burns you up a bit, and because what happened in qualifying charged me, but the best way to speak is on the track - says Marc -.
I tried to stay there with Quartararo, I wondered whether to try to overtake him or not and in the end I tried: he was the fastest in sector 3 and so I tried to overcome it before, then I closed the curves well and used intelligence. Fabio is the moral winner of the day, next year he will be a rival for the title, but today I only thought about the GP, not the world championship. It is very nice to win here and even more to leave with 93 points ahead ".
Quartararo, a great second, is happy: "It was a difficult race, I gave 100% and we had a great race - the Frenchman of the Yamaha Petronas says -. Marc twice lost in the last lap and today it was my turn, but I played with him until the end: it was the best moment in my career to fight with a multiple champion I hope to find myself in this position soon, he had a great engine and in the final even more rubber and therefore more grip, but it was a great fight: in the end I tried to replicate, but I had no margin. I should be anti Marquez? We have to think that I am a "rookie" and that I did not make mistakes in 27 very tight laps: we work for the next year".
Here, next year: Fabio looks ahead and tries to stop the serial winner Marquez. That in his angry outburst, after the finish line, he might have included, not only the revenge for the disadvantages of the Saturday qualifying with Rossi, but also the pleasure of having immediately reduced the rival of the future: barring his way at the first opportunity he was looking for to get out of the shell is a way of marking the territory. The champions are 'sniffing' theirself and Marc have "nose": "Fabio is the winner of Misano - said Marquez -, he has talent and mentality to win and next year he will fight for the world championship". Exactly: Misano served the appetizer of the contention of the upcoming seasons.