Fabio Quartararo crashed during the first free practice session of the Australian MotoGP. Although he was seen in pain, he was declared fit.
The Yamaha Petronas SRT team rider was thrown from his motorcycle on the sixth bend towards the end of FP1 on Phillip Island, Friday (10/25/2019) afternoon WIB. Quartararo’s body dragged to the edge of the track, before lying while holding his left leg.
The rider nicknamed El Diablo was then immediately taken to the medical center to undergo further examination and treatment. He was declared fit to be able to continue the 17th series of MotoGP in 2019 but had to miss the second free practice session due to the effects of painkillers on his legs.
“I lost the grip on the rear wheel, then I tried to get back in the grip but was thrown,” Quartararo was quoted as saying by Crash.
“I was lucky because I did not break bones, after a strong impact on my ankle. Also because the motor did not fall on me when it fell, my hands were only exposed to the fairing,” he added.
Currently, the Rookie of the Year is recovering to be ready to go down to the track again following FP3 on Saturday (10/26). Quartararo also mentioned the heavy rain when the first free practice session made him tumble from the top of the motor.
“Tomorrow we will see, I feel enough pain in the legs. Too bad can not compete in FP2 this afternoon, but I’m also grateful because I did not break anything,” said the 20-year-old rider.
“I lack experience on the wet track, although this is fine. I made a mistake, but it is a lesson for how to control the ride when it rains,” commented Quartararo.
“I haven’t fallen a lot with Yamaha, but the events here and at Silverstone are the most severe and painful for me,” he concluded.