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Alla Zakarian

09-07-2019 | 12:26 Autosport
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Quartararo explains the reason behind Sachsenring MotoGP crash

Moto GP rookie Fabio Quartararo crashed out of the German Grand Prix after just a handful of laps. The French ace has endured a tough weekend with injuries, as he suffered a shoulder issue in qualifying and is still recovering from arm put surgery. The thing got even worse for him at the Sachsenring as he suffered a low side at Turn 3 and slid out of contention. He also suffered a nasty moment in FP3. The Petronas Yamaha star endured a violent tank-slapper on the Waterfall corner. Quartararo says his early German Grand Prix crash was down to "hesitation" over whether to try to overtake Ducati's, Danilo Petrucci. "I made a mistake in my start, first and second gear was OK. I tried to put [it in] the third gear and I didn't shift," explained Quartararo. "Unfortunately I braked a little bit too early, had a touch with Jack. "The second lap I tried to overtake Petrucci but I was hesitating a lot, [over] if I need to do it or not, and unfortunately it was the wrong choice. Too much lean angle, too fast and I lost the front. So, yes, our first mistake in the race, our first crash, we will learn from this one and come back stronger. We had a really good pace to fight with top guys, it cannot only be positive for us and never negative. So today we crashed, we saw that Alex [Rins] crashed also, at the end some riders were happy today and in the past I was happy." Quartararo concluded the first part of his rookie season eighth in the standings with two podiums at Barcelona and Assen, three pole positions and a sole crash at the Sachsenring. "If we make the balance of this year, we make only one crash in a race, was here, but three pole position, five front rows in total and two podiums," Quartararo said. "I didn't expect that from my first half of the season. I will have some rest, some holiday, and of course I will be working hard in the last two weeks to prepare the second half of the season."

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