Quartararo fought for victory with KTM’s Miguel Oliveira within the second half of Sunday’s 24-lap Catalan GP, however was struck by a weird concern when his leather-based race go well with fully unzipped itself with round 5 laps to go.
The Yamaha rider was seen allotting of his chest protector and carried on driving along with his go well with down having didn’t zip it up once more, however would in the end drop down to 3rd within the closing phases.
An off-track tour on lap 22 additionally gained him a three-second time penalty, which dropped him from third to fourth behind Ducati’s Jack Miller on the chequered flag.
When requested by Motorsport.com to elucidate what occurred, Quartararo admitted he was at a loss and says Alpinestars is presently investigating the problem.
“What occurred I don’t know, I simply know that I had the leathers fully open within the first nook 5 laps to go,” he stated.
“I attempted to simply put it in a traditional place once more, I couldn’t do it. So was troublesome to journey, however sadly it occurs.
“It occurred at the moment, so Alpinestars is taking a look at the way it’s potential as a result of on the finish of the race it was potential to shut it once more.
“Nevertheless it’s like this, it was not our day however I may be proud of this fourth place… effectively, third, however ending fourth.”
Response on social media to Quartararo persevering with along with his leathers down was break up, with a lot of figures – together with double MotoGP world champion Casey Stoner – believing the Yamaha rider ought to have been disqualified from the race.
The FIM guidelines relating to rider security gear does state: “The gear have to be worn, accurately mounted, always throughout on-track exercise.”
Quartararo – who already disagrees along with his time penalty for exceeding observe limits – believes the matter of his leathers and whether or not there ought to be additional punishment ought to go no additional.
“Properly, I feel I have already got a penalty that I don’t agree [with], demoted three seconds from P3 to P4,” he added.
“However I feel this penalty is kind of sufficient. However on the finish, it’s completed, the race is completed.
“The protection… we completed the race, every little thing is protected.
“So, I feel proper now it’s not sufficient to speak anymore as a result of the race is completed. I feel there’s no level to speak anymore about these potential issues.”
Even with out the leathers concern, Quartararo doesn’t really feel he may have challenged Oliveira ultimately as he didn’t have as nice a sense on the arduous rear tyre as he did all through apply.
“Sure, I used to be saving the tyre however actually even on the left facet Miguel was so sturdy and I didn’t have the sensation of this morning with the arduous, and even all of the weekend,” he defined.
“I feel all of the Yamahas have this concern as a result of for me Franco [Morbidelli] was one of many large contenders for the win and he completed distant.
“I had not the perfect feeling with the tyre, Maverick [Vinales] appears to be like like too.
“So, unusual feeling however with all of the issues that occurred to us at the moment I feel fourth is kind of okay.”