MotoGP champions Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo have praised the performance of Moto3 rookie Fabio Quartararo.

The young Frenchman, who recently turned 16, claimed his first grand prix podium in Texas and added a first pole position at Jerez on Saturday.

Jerez is the first circuit of the season that the Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider already knows and he is unsurprisingly tipped to fight for a debut grand prix victory on Sunday.

"What can I say? In my fourth grand prix I was in 20th or 22nd!" said Lorenzo, starting on pole in the MotoGP class.

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The Spaniard was actually being a bit hard on himself, having qualified seventh for his fourth 125cc event, although he did take 26 races to claim a first podium - and victory - at Rio 2003.

"I needed a long, long time to be competitive with the Derbi in 2002," Lorenzo confirmed. "In 2003 until Brazil I didn't get any podium and Fabio can try to win tomorrow. So he will probably win before my age. He will beat me for sure. It's impressive. Quality, talent and will."

Reigning double champion Marquez, who took six races to score a 125GP podium and was in his third season by the time he won a race, added:

"Of course I'm impressed. I meet him on Thursday and we speak about it. I think he already knows that here he has a good chance to make the pole but also fight for the victory.

"I follow a lot Fabio when he was in the Spanish championship and he was already fast here in the pre-season testing. Tomorrow I think he can fight for the victory. He knows he has a good chance."

"It's a pleasure to hear this from two riders like Marc and Jorge," responded a slightly shy Quartararo.