Moto GB | GB Aragon: Marc Marquez and the chaotic first lap

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The negative protagonist of Aragon JB is Marc Marquez“guilty” of destroying the race (And perhaps the global struggle, Ed) by Fabio Quartararo. The Spaniard only completed one lap on his return to MotoGP, accidentally causing the Frenchman and Takaaki Nakagami to crash.

Prime curve

Marc Marquez’s shot was undoubtedly great: from 13th on the net he found himself sixth after the first corner. The Honda rider made use of an outside track in the left corner, which then became indoor for the second round. Thus, the Spaniard beat defending champion Fabio Quartararo.

In Turn 3, Aleix Espargaró attempted to attack Enea Bastianini, forcing the Ducati GP21 onto a wider track. And so the two drivers lost speed, preferring the inner track of Brad Bender and his KTM. As soon as the Marquez saw Espargaro and Bastianini’s fault, he tried to cross the path of both with a gas stroke. Unfortunately, the medium tire in the stern hasn’t reached temp yet, so the #93 tire has lost the stern. After slipping, the Marquis closed the throttle slightly, thus being shocked by Quartararo’s Yamaha. In the bad crash, Alex Rains had to widen his lane to avoid catching his fellow Frenchman, and back to the rear.

Nakagami accident

According to the passenger, a piece of a Yamaha fairing got stuck in the back of a Honda Marquis. The pilot immediately sensed that something was wrong with his RC213V. Once out of Turn 7, Marquez activated the takedown, but a piece of wedge smoothing caused the rear wheel to lock up and the bike to swerve left, thus heading against the Japanese rider. The contact, which occurred during the short route, caused Nakagami to crash: No. 30 remained dangerous on the track, but other drivers were good at avoiding it. The Marquis extended his brakes and slowly returned to the pits for retirement.

“I’m so sorry for Fabio”

Fortunately, the two episodes had no physical consequences for any of the three drivers involved. The worst of it was Quartararo himself, who suffered cuts to his chest, but he will definitely be on the right track at Motegi. After the announcement of the Aragon GP Marc Marquez: “First of all, I have to say I’m sorry, especially for Fabio because he’s the one playing for the title. It was a racing accident. I made a good start and saw the friction between Espargaro and Bastianini: I lost the back a bit but Fabio was right behind me. I’m very sorry. Him. When I came out of Turn 7, I activated the rear to lower the rear tire clogged with a piece of Yamaha aerodynamic piece and the bike started to go to the left decelerating. Obviously sorry for Nakagami too, it was a very serious accident.”

Valentino Agio

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