SRT Petronas Yamaha satellite MotoGP rider Fabio Quartararo said that he was lucky not to break anything after his crash on the opening day of free practice at Phillip Island.
The Frenchman crashed out in the wet conditions during FP1, being thrown over his M1 out at the ‘Siberia’ corner. Quartararo proceeded to sit out of FP2 after being given strong painkillers.
Quartararo admitted he was lucky to avoid breaking anything after his crash and wanted to get back on the bike in the afternoon, only for the painkillers to stop him doing so.
“I’m okay, I was lucky I didn’t break anything,” said the 20-year-old.
“It was a bad fall, but without major consequences. I wanted to try and get back on the bike this afternoon, but the painkillers wouldn’t let me.”
Despite being ruled out of FP2 and stating he won’t take any unnecessary risks, there was no doubt in the mind of the Frenchman that he would be back on his Yamaha come FP3 and qualifying.
“I don’t want to take unnecessary risks,” he said.
“I feel pain everywhere now, arm, ankle and head. I just have to take it easy. It’s a shame not to be able to ride in FP2. I’ll be in Q1 if it’s wet in the morning, but the most important thing is to have less pain in my foot.”