Fabio Quartararo heads into the first European race of the 2021 MotoGP season off the back of a commanding win at the Doha Grand Prix. 

Much like his team-mate Maverick Vinales did in round one, Quartararo had to carve his way through the front group to claim the team’s second win from two at Losail. 

With Quartararo and Vinales each taking a win and fifth place finishes, it means the pair head into this weekend’s Portuguese Grand Prix tied for second in the championship standings on 36 points. 

Speaking ahead of a return to Portimao, Quartararo said: "Winning the second race in Doha was fantastic! Now that I have collected my first win with the Factory team, I feel like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders. 

"After the first one, I feel like I can focus even better on the task ahead, but it also makes me even more excited for this weekend."

Aside from Franco Morbidelli, Yamaha riders including Quartararo endured a difficult season finale at Portimao in 2020, as the Frenchman could only manage 14th place. 

"Last year I had a difficult race at the Portimao circuit. It‘s different from all the other tracks, but that also makes it interesting," added Quartararo. 

"I‘m very curious to see if this weekend we can be as fast as we were in Qatar."

With the improvements Yamaha have seemingly made in 2021, particularly with the chassis and front end feel, a good result Sunday would surely provide the validation Yamaha wants, regarding their 2021 package being more consistent at different race tracks compared to last season’s bike.