LONDON: MotoGP championship contender Fabio Quartararo has undergone successful arm pump surgery to rectify the problem that cost him victory in the Spanish Grand Prix last weekend, his Yamaha team said on Tuesday. The Frenchman was leading the race in Jerez at the halfway mark when his pace began to drop significantly and he slipped to 13th place by the finish. Quartararo had a similar operation on the same right arm in his rookie season in 2019, but on Sunday he said it was the first time he had been affected by the issue at the Spanish circuit. "@FabioQ20 had a successful operation today for Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome (CECS or ‘arm pump’) at the CH Aix en Provence hospital," Yamaha said in a statement on Twitter. Yamaha added that 22-year-old Quartararo, who has won two of the four races so far this season, is expected to be fully fit for his home race in France on May 16. Despite Sunday's disappointing result, Quartararo sits two points behind Ducati's … [Read more...] about Motorcycling: Yamaha’s Quartararo has arm pump surgery after Spanish GP setback
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Aprilia has scored just six top six finishes in the modern MotoGP era. The latest of those came two weeks ago in Portugal, courtesy of an in-form Aleix Espargaro aboard an RS-GP that looked like a genuinely competent package for the first time. A strong Friday showing at Jerez for the Spanish Grand Prix, which Espargaro ended third fastest, teases the prospect that for the first time the Spaniard could make a legitimate challenge for the podium on Sunday. “I’m satisfied about day one, but the good thing is it looks like Aprilia and Aleix is working well everywhere we go,” Espargaro enthused when Motorsport.com asked if the Spanish GP could be ‘the big one’ for Aprilia. “So, it’s not about one single track. The track is a bit slippery, so after all first day, all riders in every single track will put more rubber down on track. I think the things may change a little bit, but why not [aim for the podium]? I feel good, so let’s see.” It’s not the first time Espargaro has … [Read more...] about Can MotoGP’s underdog spoil Yamaha’s party at Jerez?
REUTERS: Yamaha's Fabio Quartararo claimed pole position on Saturday (May 1) for the Spanish MotoGP and six-times world champion Marc Marquez will start 14th on the grid after crashing during the third free practice session. Quartararo, who leads the championship after winning two of the opening three races this season, set the early pace in the final qualifying session before securing top spot with a time of one minute, 36.755 seconds. The Frenchman will be joined on the front row by Petronas Yamaha SRT's Franco Morbidelli, who came through Qualifying 1 to finish second, and Ducati's Jack Miller in third place. Marquez, returning to the place where he broke his arm last July, suffered a heavy crash at turn 7 but was able to walk away from the accident. The Repsol Honda rider went to the circuit's medical centre for checks, which revealed he avoided major injuries. As a precaution, Marquez also went to hospital in Jerez for an MRI scan, before being declared fit to compete … [Read more...] about Motorcycling: Quartararo on pole for Spanish GP, Marquez 14th
After a turbulent start to the 2021 FIM MotoGP World Championship season, the Ducati Lenovo Team had been written off by many pundits in the paddock. But at the Circuit de Jerez Angel Nito on Sunday (May 2), the Australian was the ultimate opportunist as he pounced all over a serious problem that saw Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) fall from a comfortable 2sec lead to outside the top ten in just a handful of laps. Miller triumphs in Spanish Grand Prix as Marquez comes through unscathed Joining Miller on the podium was the new FIM MotoGP World Championship leader Francesco Bagnaia, making it the first Ducati 1-2 in three years, and Petronas Yamaha SRT's Franco Morbidelli. As the MotoGP caravan moves to Le Mans for Round 5, Bagnaia leads the premier class title chase for the first time in his career, but has just a two-point lead over what will be a fired-up Frenchman on home soil next time out. SPANISH GP TOP 10 RESULTS: 1. Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo … [Read more...] about MotoGP analysis: How Miller silenced his critics at Jerez
The Frenchman's quadruple never looked in doubt too, with the FIM World Championship leader set to fire from his second pole of 2021 on Sunday (May 2) alongside Q1 graduate Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) and Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team). Before the shoot-out for pole position took place, there were two final places in Q2 up for grabs. Bagnaia speeds past Quartararo to top Day 1 in Jerez Those went the way of Morbidelli, after the Petronas Yamaha's man gamble to do his first run on medium rather than soft rubber paid off, and Red Bull KTM Factory Racing's Brad Binder. That meant the returning Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) was left languishing down in 14th - a career-worst qualifying performance from the six-time MotoGP world champion. Fastest in FP4 and fastest in Q2 marked yet another superb Saturday for MotoGP's form man Quartararo. The history books tell us he will be tough to stop on Sunday having eased to victory the last two times he clinched … [Read more...] about Quartararo grabs Spanish GP pole with Jerez record