Six-time defending MotoGP champion Marc Márquez crashed exhausting with 4 laps to go and needed to be carried off the observe on a stretcher with an obvious arm damage. He began third however needed to come from behind after dropping management of his bike and avoiding an earlier crash that put him again within the pack initially of the race.
The 21-year-old Quartararo, who began from pole place after a report lap on the Circuito de Jerez-Ángel Nieto, grew to become the primary Frenchman to win in MotoGP since Regis Laconi in 1999.
“That is greatest second of my life for positive,” Quartararo stated. “It’s unusual, with out the followers. I’d love them to be right here and to cheer with them. This race was for all of them, for all of the folks affected with COVID.”
It was the primary of seven races in Spain in a diminished season that was initially scheduled to begin in March. The second of the 13-races on this 12 months’s calendar can even be run at Jerez subsequent weekend.
The MotoGP season was set to begin in March in Qatar however solely Moto 2 and Moto three had been ran because the coronavirus outbreak struck.
The race in Spain was held with out followers and beneath strict well being controls.
Races have been restricted to a complete of 1,200 folks inside the venue, together with drivers, crew members, observe crew, medics and native workers. All of them should adhere to strict social distancing guidelines and put on face masks every time doable.
Everybody attending should go a COVID-19 virus check 5 days earlier than every occasion and stay in self-isolation till the race. Random exams may be carried out on the circuit.
Groups will likely be saved separate in small teams to cut back the chance of contagion.
Suzuki rider Alex Rins didn’t race after fracturing his shoulder in a crash in qualifying.
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