Yamaha MotoGP rider Fabio Quartararo finished twelfth in the TT Assen MotoGP race, whilst his teammate Álex Rins is in doubt for next weekend’s German GP after suffering injuries in a lap one crash.

By Nida Anis

Quartararo started from P12 and lost one position over the opening lap, with the level of grip on track being lower than yesterday’s Sprint. The Frenchman gradually upped the pace as he came under pressure from Trackhouse Racing rider Miguel Oliviera.

Quartararo’s defensive riding paid off, as Oliviera ran wide with ten laps to go, allowing him to shift his focus to KTM factory rider Jack Miller ahead. Despite this, ‘El Diablo’ could not get close enough to make an overtake. Tech3 rider Pedro Acosta’s last lap crash promoted Quartararo to 12th, 24.057s behind the leader.

Despite a strong start from P15, Rins experienced difficulties under braking during his opening lap. What started off as an initial wobble resulted in a highside crash at Turn 1, eliminating him from the race. Rins was later taken to the medical centre for a check-up.

Medical checks revealed that Rins suffered a fracture in his right foot and a severe bruise on his right wrist. The Spanish rider will fly to Madrid to undergo further tests, after which an updated medical bulletin will be issued. His participation in net weekend’s German MotoGP is yet to be confirmed.

Meregalli on Rins’ crash: “The punishment didn’t fit the crime”

Team Director Massimo Meregalli reflected on “a difficult race” at TT Assen. “We knew, realistically speaking, that our starting positions would make it tough to make much progress,” he said. “Fabio did well to defend his first place during the first half of the race, but we can’t be satisfied with 12th position and need to keep working.

“Álex was very unlucky to have such a big crash in the first corner, especially after a decent start. The punishment didn’t fit the crime. He hurt his right hand and foot and will return to Madrid to consult his doctor,” he added. “We are lucky that the injury is not worse, but he will still likely need to have surgery.

“We will release a further update as soon as we have more information.”

Quartararo and Rins reflect on the race at TT Assen

Quartararo struggled with tyre grip throughout the race. “I expected to do better at the beginning, especially in the first laps. With the softs, the grip was bad,” he said. “During all the race, the grip was much less than I expected. I couldn’t really push.

“Then, at the end, I was feeling a bit better from mid-race onwards, but the pace was already too slow. Let’s see if we can improve at the Sachsenring.”

Rins said, “I had a very hard crash at the start. I’m already on my way to Madrid, where I will undergo further medical checks to understand the severity of my injuries in my right wrist and right foot. I hope to have updates soon.”

Today’s results see Quartararo in joint 12th place in the Riders’ Championship with 39 points, whilst Rins is in joint 20th position with 8 points. Yamaha keep their ninth place in the team championship with now 47 points and hold onto fourth position in the constructor’s championship with 43 points.

The Yamaha MotoGP Team will be back in action next week at the Sachsenring in Germany for the Grand Prix Deutschland on 5-7 July.

Header photo credit: Yamaha MotoGP


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