MotoGP rookie and youngest-ever pole-sitter Fabio Quartararo (20 years, 2 weeks) may not have caught Marc Marquez in yesterday’s Spanish GP at Jerez, but he was cruising comfortably along in second place when the shifter on his Petronas SRT Yamaha hung up in third gear. Bummer. What might have been…

Today at the same track for an official test day, though, the phenomenal French fry laid down a 1:36.376 – that’s 0.504 seconds faster than his 1:36.880 pole-sitting time from the day before, when he outdid reigning champ Marc Marquez by a mere 0.09 second and Marquez was in third. That’s a huge chunk of time, and another shot across the bow of our favorite veterans, namely Valentino Rossi. And the now-decrepit 26-year old seven-time champ Marc Marquez. More about today’s Jerez test here.

Vive la France!!