MotoMatters.com is delighted to feature the work of iconic MotoGP writer Mat Oxley. Oxley is a former racer, TT winner and highly respected author of biographies of world champions Mick Doohan and Valentino Rossi, and currently writes for Motor Sport Magazine, where he is MotoGP correspondent. We are featuring sections from Oxley's blogs, which are posted in full on the Motor Sport Magazine website.
‘Fabio is so accurate – that’s his advantage’
Petronas Yamaha’s Johan Stigefelt reveals the secrets of championship leader Fabio Quartararo and discusses the first races of MotoGP’s weirdest season
During this period of Covid-19-affected races, during which journalists are not admitted to the paddock, we get the story of the weekend from a leading MotoGP personality. After the first races of 2020, dominated by Fabio Quartararo, it’s the turn of Petronas Yamaha SRT team director and former 250 and 500 GP rider Johan ‘Stiggy’ Stigefelt.
“It’s been tough here at Jerez with the Covid situation, but what an amazing two Sundays with Fabio! We saw his potential last weekend and today he was in another league to everyone else. Fantastic!
“To be honest I didn’t really notice the absence of the crowd. It’s weird because you don’t think about it. You are focusing 100 per cent on the race, looking at the monitors, checking the sector times and the lap times, so it’s a weird feeling that there’s no fans, but nothing really strange.
“After last Sunday’s win the team had a big party, without breaking any Covid rules – we stayed at the hotel and we’ll do the same again tonight.
“It’s difficult to describe Fabio’s technique of riding, but he never makes a mistake. He always puts the bike in the same spot, the same braking area, everywhere he is the same. He is so accurate and he never makes a mistake, that’s what really surprises us when we check the data. Other riders always make mistakes – they brake too late or run too fast into a corner, but Fabio is so accurate. That’s his advantage over the others."
Read the rest of Mat Oxley's blog on the Motor Sport Magazine website.