The Yamaha rider followed runaway race winner Marc Marquez home on the Circuit of the Americas in second and crucially completed forward of nearest title rival Francesco Bagnaia in third.
This prolonged Quartararo’s championship result in 52 factors, that means he can for the primary time in 2021 win the title on the following spherical at Misano ought to he go away Italy with at the very least a 50-point margin within the standings.
However when requested if his strategy to the Misano race would be the identical as at all times this season, Quartararo mentioned: “Sure, precisely, and I feel I don’t have to get obsessive about that [winning the title].
“I imply, we have now good factors of benefit within the championship and I don’t have to suppose I have to take it in Misano, as a result of final time at Misano Pecco was tremendous robust.
“So, I’ll do my greatest there. If we obtain it there, it’s incredible.
“If not, we may have one other likelihood, so simply being extra calm and the expertise I take this yr is each time increased and better. So, completely happy to stay this second.”
Fabio Quartararo, Yamaha Manufacturing facility Racing
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Quartararo did concede his second at Austin was “the most effective” of his profession as he was feeling “extra stress” earlier than the beginning.
“Sure, was the most effective second place I did in my profession for certain, as a result of earlier than beginning that race I used to be feeling just a little bit extra stress to be trustworthy,” he admitted.
“However from the primary nook, as quickly as you begin the race, the stress is off and I did a very good race, and actually completely happy as a result of Pecco was tremendous robust over the past two races when he scored 50 factors.
“It’s nice to complete in entrance of him on this monitor, so actually completely happy about my outcome.”
Quartararo was holding Marquez in verify within the early laps of Sunday’s race, although the Honda rider was controlling the tempo earlier than finally pulling away.
The championship chief says he did attempt to go along with Marquez, however his used tyre tempo merely wasn’t as robust because the Honda man’s.
“I attempted, as a result of I had a giant group behind and Jorge [Martin] tried to overhaul me in Flip 1, and my solely answer to attempt to have a greater race was to push and I pushed,” Quartararo added.
“However I didn’t have all of the weekend the tempo of Marc, particularly with used tyres, I used to be struggling.
“However ultimately the principle objective, we achieved it. So, we knew that the objective right here was to attempt to end on the rostrum and we achieved it.”