SRT Petronas Yamaha rookie Fabio Quartararo called crashing out of todays German MotoGP the first mistake he’s made in a race, at the Sachsenring.
After qualifying in the middle of the front row, Quartararo got slightly bogged down off the line and was forced out in the opening lap, falling as far as seventh place after slight contact with Jack Miller.
Whilst trying to work his way back to the sharp end of the field, Quartararo lost the front end of his M1 and crashed out of the race.
“I made a small mistake,” said the 20-year-old.
“I was trying to overtake another rider and I hesitated a little about whether or not to do it and ended up going into the corner with too much speed and lean angle.
“It’s the first mistake I’ve made in a race, and I’ll learn from it and come back stronger.”
Despite going into the summer break on the back of his first DNF since his move to MotoGP, the Frenchman insists he is happy with how his first nine races as a MotoGP rider have gone.
“The first half of the season has been really positive,” he said.
“We didn’t expect some poles and podiums. I’m happy with the balance of the year so far and really looking forward to the second half.”