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Morbidelli: “Someone needs to pay” for MotoGP horror crash
Franco Morbidelli says it’s become routine to brand collisions like his horrific shunt in the MotoGP Austrian GP a racing incident, but demands “someone needs to pay” for it. The Petronas SRT rider collided with the rear of Johann Zarco’s Avintia Ducati on the run through the fast Turn 2 kink during Sunday’s Red Bull Ring race, with both lucky to escape the violent crash unscathed.The two machines also narrowly avoided wiping out the Yamaha’s of Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales in a sickening incident, which led to the race being halted.
Fabio Quartararo admits he didn't expect Petronas SRT MotoGP teammate and Catalan Grand Prix poleman Franco Morbidelli to be as fast as we was in qualifying.
Quartararo has outqualified Morbidelli six times this season and managed pole twice, but had to play second-best to his 'A-spec-mounted'
Fabio Quartararo Wins First MotoGP Of 2020
Fabio Quartararo Wins First MotoGP Of 2020Maverick Viñales had nailed the start and was first into turn 1 with Jack Miller (Duc) just behind. When Miller ran wide (as often happens when fast-starting riders arrive hot into One) Marc Márquez passed for second. By turn 4 Viñales and Márquez were even, and two corners later, Márquez’s intended plan looked on track. Márquez had suffered “a small crash” in practice and Quartararo had set pole. Then Márquez came back to show tremendous pace in Sunday morning warm-up.
Morbidelli produced the first sub 1m39s lap of the Catalan GP weekend on his final effort in Q2 to snatch his maiden MotoGP pole with a 1m38.798s, while Quartararo could only managed a 1m39.008s in second.
"I'm really happy because at the end most important thing is to be on the front row," Quartararo said of his Saturday.
"We achieved our goal, let's say. Today Franco was really fast. I expected him to be fast in qualifying, but not that much.
"At the end, I'm so happy about second position and our pace is good so I'm happy about our day."
Morbidelli last outqualified Quartararo at the San Marino Grand Prix at Misano, when he beat him to second before going on to win his first race.
Conceding "it's always difficult" to beat the Frenchman in qualifying, Morbidelli was happy to show he was the best on "pure speed".
"It is great, it feels great to be first," Morbidelli said of his first MotoGP pole. "Qualifying is pure speed and I was really happy to see today I was the fastest in pure speed.
"It's always difficult to beat Fabio on a hot lap, so I'm very happy about the lap this I did in qualifying. I was feeling great on the bike, I was able to push a lot on it and able to push very hard on tyres. Great, great feeling today."
Quartararo takes the blame for multiple Misano crashes
Fabio Quartararo says his first crash in the MotoGP San Marino Grand Prix was a result of him pushing “like it was the last lap” to catch Jack Miller, and recorded his first non-finish of the season following a second fall. The Petronas SRT rider dropped from third to fifth at the start and got stuck behind factory Yamaha counterpart Maverick Vinales for the first six laps.Quartararo admits he got “too excited” following Vinales, as he knew he had better pace, and when he cleared him at the end of lap seven he tried to go after the third-placed Pramac Ducati of Miller.
Valentino Rossi – whose 2021 deal with SRT– completed an all-Yamaha front row having "improved my style" during practice on Saturday.
"It's a good Saturday because we start well from Friday," Rossi said. "When we start already the bike was competitive, giving me a good feeling and today we worked well because we did some modifications that I liked.
"And I improved my line, I improved my style. Also in FP4 with used tyre I had good pace. So, starting from front row is very important also because the first corner is very far, we need to give the maximum from the beginning and try to make a good race."
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© Motorsport Images Alex Rins withstood the pressure of Alex Marquez and drove to victory in Aragon Suzuki driver Alex Rins joins the ranks of the MotoGP winners 2020: In Aragon, the Spaniards against Alex Marquez (Honda) and teammate Joan Mir through. The latter took over the championship lead after Fabio Quartararo (Petronas-Yamaha) had to finish the race outside of the points. "Unbelievable!", Rins cheered in Parc Ferme. "Before the start I was very calm and thought that would be a bad sign.