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Rookie Fernandez overwhelmed up by first “actual crash” in Mandalika MotoGP check

The 2021 Moto2 runner-up was one in all a number of riders to crash on Saturday in Indonesia, although his was a very nasty one. 

The Spaniard pushed too laborious 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 contemporary delicate tyre for a time assault on the finish of the day – leaving him 21st on the timesheets – Fernandez says his Saturday was nonetheless optimistic regardless of the “laborious” fall. 

“The day was actually optimistic, 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, roughly, lap by lap the opposite riders and we’re roughly 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.  

Raul Fernandez, KTM Tech3

Raul Fernandez, KTM Tech3

Picture by: Oriol Puigdemont

“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 optimistic and we’ll see tomorrow.  

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“However now I’ve ache from the crash and I wish to journey tomorrow, it was a tough crash. It was my first actual crash in MotoGP.” 

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 velocity.  

“I didn’t see, however it was roughly 200km/h. On a MotoGP bike that’s straightforward.  

“In my case it was as a result of I had outdated tyres and I pushed prefer it was a brand new one, and I crashed.  

“Additionally, in Moto2 I had good expertise for laborious 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 important of the observe’s gravel – which he mentioned was “like knives”. 

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