Quartararo critical of inconsistent MotoGP commissioners in Portugal

Author of the article: , published March 28, 2023.

After the first MotoGP 2023 race, Fabio Quartararo hit out at the commissioners, who were inconsistent in their decisions and did not take into account the agreed sanctions.

The Frenchman was the victim of Joan Miro, who hit him while overtaking in Saturday's sprint race, causing him to lose five places, but he managed to hang on to his Yamaha and finish the race in tenth place. The Honda rider was given an extended lap penalty after the race, which was not the case in the incident between Luca Marini and Eneo Bastianini, which Quartararo does not understand.

"No, I have no idea why, because it was said that if someone crashes into someone else and causes a loss of time, or an injury, then that means an extended lap penalty," said Quartararo. "Joan was punished. I'm sorry that Marini crashed, but he hurt another rider. Aeneas broke his shoulder and nothing happened. I don't know what they are doing. That has to change. This was the main topic at the meeting, which lasted two hours, but then they did not stick to the agreement," the champion of the 2021 season was clear.

In the race for the Portuguese Grand Prix, there was a more resounding collision between the racers when Marc Marquez made a mistake while braking in the 3rd corner and hit Jorge Martin, and then much harder Miguel Oliveira. Martin suffered a broken toe in the incident, while Oliveira will miss the race in Argentina as a result of the collision.

Marquez was penalized for the incident with two extended laps, which he will serve when he returns, namely he himself misses the race in Argentina due to a broken finger. "He was on the limit," Quartararo said of Marquez's mistake.

"But it can happen to anyone. It was a mistake. However, it is understandable that if you want to get points and you are in the background, you have to take risks. In the sprint, half points are awarded, so you have to decide for yourself what approach you will take. I myself prefer to compete in two races, although the risk is greater with two starts, as the first lap of the race is the most risky. At the end of the day it doesn't matter because we're here to race and I don't want to be that racer who complains about everything."

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