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PIX: Quartararo wins dramatic Spanish MotoGP; Marquez crashes out

Last updated on: July 19, 2020 20:14 IST
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 Petronas Yamaha SRT's Fabio Quartararo celebrates on the podium winning the Spanish MotoGP Grand Prix race at Circuito de Jerez, Jerez, Spain, on Sunday

IMAGE: Petronas Yamaha SRT's Fabio Quartararo celebrates on the podium winning the Spanish MotoGP Grand Prix race at Circuito de Jerez, Jerez, Spain, on Sunday. Photograph: Marcelo Del Pozo/Reuters

Petronas Yamaha's Fabio Quartararo won his first ever MotoGP race as he took the chequered flag in an incident-packed race at the Spanish Grand Prix in Jerez on Sunday.

Defending champion Marc Marquez of Honda made two mistakes in the race, with the second leading to a crash at turn four that ended his race with four laps to go.

 

Frenchman Quartararo's victory was also the first for Petronas Yamaha as he finished ahead of Yamaha's Maverick Vinales in second, while Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso finished third.

From his pole position Quartararo had a poor start and dropped to fourth in the first lap as Vinales took the lead, with Pramac Ducati's Jack Miller also looking for a podium finish.

There was drama at turn four when Marquez lost control of his front, going off the track and into the gravel, but the defending world champion managed to regain control of the bike to rejoin the race in 18th place.

A video grab of Marc Marquez crashing on Turn 4  

A video grab of Marc Marquez crashing on Turn 4. Photograph: MotoGP/Twitter

Vinales, who had started with a soft front tyre, was struggling with 17 laps to go and went wide, dropping to third, while Quartararo took advantage to move back into the lead with Miller in second.

Further back Marquez began to carve his way through the pack and eventually moved up to third with five laps left.

But as Marquez challenged Vinales for second, he was catapulted off his bike at turn four before bouncing off the track and into the gravel.

Marquez walked away from the crash with the help of track marshals but he was visibly in pain after being hit by the bike and was later put in a neck brace before being taken away to a medical centre.

Miller finished fourth while Franco Morbidelli gave Petronas Yamaha another reason to cheer as he came in fifth.

"(Marquez) suffered a ... fracture to his right humerus," Honda said in a statement, adding that he would travel to Barcelona for surgery.

"MotoGP medical staff have confirmed there is no other serious head or thoracic trauma but (he) will remain under observation for 12 hours."

Honda said they are looking to have Marquez operated on Tuesday and an update on his recovery time would be given at a later date.

The Spaniard is the third rider to suffer an injury this weekend after Suzuki's Alex Rins injured his shoulder in a fall in qualifying on Saturday, while LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow missed the race after injuring his back in a crash in the warm-up session on Sunday.

The second race of the season, the Andalusian Grand Prix, will be held at the same circuit next weekend.

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