Motorcycles MotoGP rider Fabio Quartararo penalized for exposing chest during race
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Fabio Quartararo says his factory Yamaha teammate Maverick Vinales was “in another league” in the MotoGP Qatar Grand Prix, as the Frenchman had a “disaster” with tyre wear. © Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images Fabio Quartararo, Yamaha Factory Racing, Maverick Vinales, Yamaha Factory Racing Vinales trailed Quartararo in the opening stages of Sunday's season opener at Losail, but carved through from sixth at the end of the opening lap to pass four Ducatis and Quartararo to score victory.
Maybe he's been reading too manynovels.
points leader Fabio Quartararo was penalized after Sunday's Grand Prix de Catalunya for unzipping his top and exposing his chest during the race.
The French rider opened his suit to remove his chest protector with about five laps to go and couldn't get it closed back up, leaving him looking like famed model Fabio Lanzoni on the cover of a racing-themed paperback.
Onboard video from the Frenchman's bike shows the suit becoming fully opened as he finished the race in third position on the track.
He had already been hit with a three-second penalty for exceeding track limits before the officials determined after the race that he had violated the riderequipment rules and added another three seconds to his finishing time which dropped him to sixth place.
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Yamaha rider Fabio Quartararo says his victory in the Doha Grand Prix is the “most special” one of his MotoGP career. © Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images Race winner Fabio Quartararo, Yamaha Factory Racing Quartararo was left in ninth at the end of the opening lap having been swamped from fifth on the grid. But the Yamaha rider carved his way through the pack and by lap 19 had taken over from long-time leader Jorge Martin on the Pramac Ducati, from which point Quartararo sped off to the fourth win of his MotoGP career by 1.4 seconds.
Quartararo didn't agree with the track limit penalty, but had no issue with being docked for the wardrobe malfunction.
"Yes, first of all, yeah I think looking back at what happened now the story is finished I can be happy because it’s difficult to admit, but for me it was black flag," he told.
Fabio Quartararo Single Yamaha Pilot in the Top 15, Maverick Vinales on P21 .
© Motorsport Images Fabio Quartararo brought the coals from the fire for Yamaha only a Yamaha pilot managed in qualifying on the Sachsenring the leap into the top 15 ( to Quali Report ). Fabio Quartararo set his factory M1 in the Q2 into the first start series and failed by just 0.011 seconds at the Pole-time of Landsmann Johann Zarco (Pramac-Ducati). For Yamaha Werkspilot Maverick Vinales and the two Petronas-Yamahas von Valentino Rossi and Franco Morbidelli was already in the Q1 terminus.