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The 2021 Moto2 runner-up was certainly one of a number of riders to crash on Saturday in Indonesia, although his was a very nasty one.
The Spaniard pushed too exhausting on used rubber and slid off his KTM at round 200km/h, leaving him with bruising to his face and his head.
Upset that he couldn’t match a recent smooth tyre for a time assault on the finish of the day – leaving him 21st on the timesheets – Fernandez says his Saturday was nonetheless constructive regardless of the “exhausting” fall.
“The day was actually constructive, we did one step from yesterday,” the battered Spaniard, who additionally had a lightweight front-end crash on the Sepang check final week, mentioned.
“I see, kind of, lap by lap the opposite riders and we’re kind of there.
“We’re not very far, we don’t lose an excessive amount of time to them. That is essential, additionally all of the day I used to be within the prime 15.
“However within the final a part of the day I crashed and I couldn’t put in a brand new tyres.
“Anyway, the day is constructive and we’ll see tomorrow.
“However now I’ve ache from the crash and I need to journey tomorrow, it was a tough crash. It was my first actual crash in MotoGP.”
Raul Fernandez, KTM Tech3
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Explaining his crash, Fernandez added: “[I did] nothing unusual, we did work on the bike and the tyre had too many laps [on it] and I crashed.
“It was nothing, however I crashed and I crashed at an excessive amount of pace.
“I didn’t see, but it surely was kind of 200km/h. On a MotoGP bike that’s straightforward.
“In my case it was as a result of I had previous tyres and I pushed prefer it was a brand new one, and I crashed.
“Additionally, in Moto2 I had good expertise for exhausting crashes, however anyway tomorrow I’ll see. I’m actually centered on attempting to enhance my time.”
Pramac’s Jorge Martin was one other rider to have a quick crash on Saturday on the new Mandalika Worldwide Avenue Circuit and was crucial of the observe’s gravel – which he mentioned was “like knives”.