The Petronas Yamaha rider himself did not expect that Fabio Quartararo would celebrate his tenth MotoGP pole in Aragón a few hours after visiting the Medical Center.
Fabio Quartararo and his crew experienced anxious moments in MotorLand Aragón after the Frenchman took off on a highsider in FP3 at turn 14 and looked visibly battered. A little later, the doctors gave the all-clear: Nothing was broken, the World Cup leader was declared fit.
“It was strange,” said Fabio, analyzing the crash. “We also had a crash like this in FP1, the front collapsed so quickly on the brakes. This morning I had a little stoppie and at the same time the front collapsed. It was a strange fall. It’s not that I did something completely wrong, I drove normally and wasn’t at the limit. I didn’t brake 20 meters later and much harder. The difference was less than 1 bar – and I fell. But the conditions were very difficult. You always have to be very precise and I wanted to push a little more with the used tire in the morning session, but unfortunately we had this crash. ”
«I felt a pain in my leg, and in the cold I couldn’t feel my fingers either. I was a bit scared because it was painful at the moment, ”confessed the 21-year-old from Nice. “Luckily it doesn’t hurt that much on the bike, I was able to drive a great FP4 – 16 laps, that wasn’t too bad.”
In qualifying, the three-time winner of the season improved on with his fourth pole position of the year: “I didn’t expect to be so good in qualifying because I haven’t felt so good all weekend. But I’m happy to have made the good lap. “
But there is still work to be done on Sunday, “El Diablo” emphasized: “Our tire choice is not yet clear, the medium front tire doesn’t seem bad if you look at my team-mates. We also have to adapt a lot of things to the motorcycle and the riding style. Because we’re fast on the first ten laps, but then we get more problems compared to Maverick. He was much more consistent in the afternoon, he was really fast. My engineer and my crew chief are already analyzing everything to understand where we can improve. It is so important to analyze well in these conditions because I feel good on the bike – but not as good as I want it to be. Just take a look.”
The world championship leader denies that the aftermath of the highsider could cause problems with regard to the race distance: “My physical condition will be okay tomorrow. Sure it will be painful, but finishing the race will not be a problem. The bigger problem than my hips will be the tires tomorrow », he added with a smile.
Result MotoGP, Q2, Aragón (17.10.):
1. Quartararo, Yamaha, 1: 47,076 min
2. Viñales, Yamaha, 1:47,122
3. Crutchlow, Honda, 1: 47,305
4. Morbidelli, Yamaha, 1: 47.317
5. Miller, Ducati, 1:47,413
6. Mir, Suzuki, 1: 47,679
7. Nakagami, Honda, 1: 47,759
8. Petrucci, Ducati, 1: 47.924
9. Aleix Espargaró, Aprilia, 1: 47,988
10. Rins, Suzuki, 1:48,035
11. Alex Marquez, Honda, 1: 48,189
12. Pol Espargaró, KTM, 1: 48,202
The rest of the starting grid:
13. Dovizioso, Ducati, 1: 47.752
14. Binder, KTM, 1: 47.853
15. Lecuona, KTM, 1: 48,005
16. Zarco, Ducati, 1: 48.068
17. Bagnaia, Ducati, 1: 48,386
18. Oliveira, KTM, 1: 48,431
19. Smith, Aprilia, 1:48,556
20. Rabat, Ducati, 1: 48,558
21. Bradl, Honda, 1: 49,166
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