Fabio Quartararo thinks the fact he is now fighting ex-Moto3 team-mate Joan Mir for the MotoGP world title is a “cool story”.
Quartararo and Mir shared the Leopard garage in Moto3 in 2016, which was the latter’s full season debut in the world championship.
While Mir would go on to score his first win that year and dominated in 2017 to secure the world title, Quartararo struggled for form and wouldn’t add to his double podium haul from 2015 until he won the 2018 Moto2 Catalan Grand Prix.
Now both are split by eight points at the top of the MotoGP standings after Petronas SRT rider Quartararo led home Suzuki’s Mir in the Catalan GP last month.
“For sure, we are in a much better position now because that year for me was a total disaster,” Quartararo said when asked how it felt to be fighting for the premier class crown with his former Moto3 team-mate.
“So, that’s great that we keep our relationship since then and right now we are 1-2 in the championship.
“Last year we were rookies and now we are there to fight for the championship, so I think it’s a cool story.”
Mir echoed that sentiment and says it’s “nice” that both are currently the leading protagonists in MotoGP with just six rounds to go.
“It’s so nice,” Mir added. “I remember that year really well, because it was not easy at the beginning of the year.
“It was my first year in the world championship and we both struggled a lot for half of the season. Then it was a bit better and in the end my season was not bad for the first one.
“But it’s nice that now both of us are fighting for the championship and I’m really happy.”
Quartararo has won three races in 2020 while Mir is yet to register his maiden victory, though has scored more points than any other rider since August with a haul of 89 from four podiums and a fourth-place finish in the run of races between Austria and Catalunya.
Both Quartararo and Mir were joined by Andrea Locatelli at Leopard back in 2016, with the Italian dominating this year’s World Supersport Championship with 11 wins so far on a Yamaha to claim the title.