Difficult raceday for PETRONAS Yamaha SRT in Austria

2020-08-17 02:02
PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team riders Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli endured frustration and drama in a red flag interrupted Austrian GP. A dramatic crash brought out the red flags for the second time – after the same in the Moto2 race – in one day at Red Bull Ring – Spielberg. Unfortunately, Franco Morbidelli was caught up in the incident, which curtailed his race and necessitated a trip to the medical centre. PETRONAS Yamaha SRT team-mate Fabio Quartararo battled hard to take eighth, after battling brake issues.

Quartararo didn’t have the best of starts to the main event at the Grand Prix von Österreich and found himself swallowed up by the pack going into the first corner. A brake issue early on saw the Frenchman overshoot Turn 4 and head into the gravel, rejoining the circuit in last position. Shortly after the red flags came out for the incident involving his team-mate, which meant he would be at the back of the grid for the race re-start. A better getaway saw Fabio immediately up into sixteenth, where he started to pick off each rider in front one by one – despite continuing brake issues. A strong ride from the Yamaha YZR-M1 rider saw Fabio cross the line eighth and hold on to championship lead.

Team-mate Morbidelli made a good start and was settling into an early rhythm, chasing down those ahead of him. Unfortunately, the Italian was forced into a dramatic and dangerous accident in Turn 3 with Johann Zarco, that brought the red flags out. His right hand, shoulder and head took the brunt of the crash but a CT scan showed that there was no major injury. Franco later returned to the pit box and has been declared fit for next week’s race.

There will be no rest for the MotoGP pairing as they remain at the Red Bull Ring – Spielberg for the Grand Prix of Styria, which will take place in only one week’s time (21-23 August).

Razlan Razali
Team Principal

It was certainly a crazy weekend, with a lot of incidents in MotoGP and Moto2. We are so glad that Franco is fine, it could have been a lot worse for him and for everybody else. We wish him all the best and we’re sure he’ll come back strong next week. We know that this track is difficult for the Yamaha, but I think we need to assess and review what happened with Fabio today. That way we can prepare for the race here next weekend and hopefully make some improvements.

It was a fantastic effort from Xavi after the race restart; this is what we expect from him. He had a great race and his fifth place finish is what we want. It was a positive and consistent race from Jake to finish 14th. We will now look to do even better and improve on this next weekend.

It was also a great effort from John to finish third in Moto3. I’m very happy that he was on the podium again and it’s good to have achieved this with the next race also being at this track. It was a hard decision to take with KIP but we assessed that the best thing would be for him to rest and continue his recovery. We wish KIP the best for his recovery.

Source: SIC Racing Team

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