What a day! Fabio Quartararo, leader of the MotoGP world championship, took pole position this Saturday at the Grand Prix of Aragon which will be run on Sunday, ahead of Spaniard Maverick Vinales. A few hours earlier, the Frenchman had nevertheless fallen heavily during the third free practice session.
In the last ten minutes of the session, after coming out a little wide from a bend on a vibrator, the dismayed Frenchman passed over his motorcycle, falling heavily on the asphalt, before sliding for several tens of meters. He was evacuated from the runway on a stretcher. He was then seen sitting and talking to medical staff, grimacing, and appearing in pain.
Examinations later showed that the pilot suffered from a simple hematoma on his right hip without a fracture. This injury ultimately proved to have no impact on his participation in the Grand Prix: “Honestly, when I fell, I thought to myself ‘ Will I be able to drive in the afternoon? When I fell it was wrong. I’m happy because it was difficult. Yesterday, I fell, this morning again and normally it takes me a while to recover, ”said the 21-year-old driver.
A little later, the start time for practice was delayed due to the cold prevailing on the MotorLand circuit in Aragon and which prevented the drivers from warming their tires, causing numerous falls. This did not prevent Quartararo from setting the best time: “I can be happy because I am in pole when my objective was to be in the front row”, he added.
He will share the latter with Vinales (Yamaha), currently fourth in the championship, and the unexpected Cal Crutchlow (Honda-LCR). The third in the championship, the Italian Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati), will start very far in 13th position while the other Frenchman entered in MotoGP, Johann Zarco (Ducati-Avintia), appears in 16th position on the grid.
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