Quartararo penalised for Espargaro collision in Assen MotoGP race - Motor Informed

Quartararo penalised for Espargaro collision in Assen MotoGP race

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The Yamaha rider crashed on the fifth lap of the race at Assen whereas attempting to overhaul Aprilia’s Espargaro on the within of Flip 5.

Quartararo misplaced the entrance and slid into Espargaro, who was pressured onto the gravel and misplaced over eight seconds as he re-joined in 15th.

Factors chief Quartararo additionally remounted, however pulled into pitlane just a few laps later on account of injury on his bike – earlier than being despatched out by his staff in case the race was red-flagged or it began to rain.

Nonetheless, just a few laps after that he crashed once more at Flip 5, with Quartararo satisfied his traction management sensor was damaged.

Whereas Espargaro recovered to fourth and is now solely 21 factors behind Quartararo within the standings, the Frenchman has been handed a protracted lap penalty to be served on the British Grand Prix in August.

That is the primary time because the Catalan GP final yr that Quartararo has been hit with a penalty for an in-race incident when his leather-based swimsuit burst open within the latter phases of the Barcelona race.

Quartararo’s exit from Sunday’s Dutch GP additionally marked his first retirement because the 2021 Portuguese GP.

Following the Dutch GP, Quartararo questioned his staff’s resolution to ship him out once more after his first crash and admits he feels “fortunate” to not have damaged any bones within the second crash.

“I don’t know,” Quartararo stated when requested why he was despatched out once more after pitting.

“Mainly I used to be one lap after everyone, the staff informed me to go as a result of perhaps the rain was coming.

“However as quickly as I went out I stated I’d push once more, however I [already] got here again in as a result of I felt an issue.

“However we exit once more and I really feel fortunate to don’t have one thing damaged after that.

“Was not my resolution, as a result of if I cease it’s to cease. However that is one other factor.”

Quartararo branded his crash with Espargaro as a “rookie mistake” and felt the Aprilia rider ought to have gained Sunday’s race given the tempo he then confirmed preventing again by means of the pack to fourth.

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