Fabio Quartararo lost out on a podium finish today, his first since the two races at Jerez due to exceeding track limits too many times.
Fabio Quartararo was understandably not happy to receive a long lap penalty due to exceeding track limits, this was converted into a three-second penalty as Fabio did not take the long lap penalty, however, Fabio maintains that this is unfair as he has said he was never warned about this.
Since the two races at Jerez this season, Fabio Quartararo is yet to step on the podium, scoring just 33 points in 5 races following 50 in the opening 2 races, therefore a podium would’ve put Quartararo back into the title lead, however instead, he sits in second place, 1 point behind leader Andrea Dovizioso.
Quartararo feels he was not notified about this penalty saying, “I thought that I should receive a message about the track limit warning, but I never received the message, so I was surprised to have a long lap penalty. I knew I had 3 warnings but not the last 2, so for me, it was necessary to receive a race direction message [warning of the infringements], so it is frustrating to have this penalty. I am looking forward to Barcelona.
I am happy about my race, I think it is important after the weekends we have struggled to finally finish in the third position before the penalty.”
Quartararo will be looking to taste some champagne at the next race in Barcelona in just a weeks time and get his title fight back on track.
Fabio went straight to race direction at the end of the race:
👀 @FabioQ20 is furious!
— MotoGP™🏁 (@MotoGP) September 20, 2020
Featured image – www.motogp.com