Despite taking three pole positions so far in his rookie MotoGP campaign Fabio Quartararo rates his qualifying lap for second place at Aragon as the one of his best this season having gone within 0.327s of Marc Marquez’s pole position time.

Having seen Marquez dominate the whole weekend at Aragon, leading to the Petronas Yamaha rider conceding he is in a league of his own at the Spanish circuit, Quartararo leapt up to second place in Q2 and close in on the Repsol Honda rider.

But with the best of the rest tag in qualifying, Quartararo sees his performance as one of his strongest so far this season having found close to eight-tenths of a second in lap time gains overnight.

“We are still struggling a little bit but we are feeling good with the fuel tank and the race pace which is something that we usually don’t feel really good with so that is something that is really positive,” Quartararo assessed.

“Of course in qualifying there is always one lap where you go full on the limit and this one was one of my best ones because yesterday in FP2 we went 48.0s and we managed to improve quite a lot. I am really happy about my lap time in qualifying and about my race pace.”

Despite his optimism Quartararo has still played down catching Marquez in tomorrow’s Aragon MotoGP but is hopeful of battling for the podium.

“When you look at his race pace in FP4 it is difficult to say that we can fight with him,” Quartararo said after reviewing Marquez’s race pace. “Our goal is to make a good race and I think we have the pace to finish inside the top five.

“It will be important in the first five laps, of course I will try my best to stay with these guys and try to fight for the podium and a good result.”