Petronas SRT Yamaha rider Fabio Quartararo explained his opening lap crash at Silverstone, which collected Andrea Dovizioso, was due to him having to avoid eventual race winner Alex Rins in the opening corner of the race.
The Frenchman didn’t enjoy the best of starts from the second row, but got away well, before losing the rear end of his M1. His Yamaha slammed him into the tarmac at turn one, whilst his bike slid into the path of the helpless Dovizioso, with the Italian firing himself towards the sky, before slamming down, with his GP19 catching on fire.
When asked about the incident, Quartararo said: “We did a good start, unfortunately on the first corner, Rins overtook me.
“He loses quite a lot on the rear and I shut the throttle a bit too aggressively, to not go into him I just make a big slide also and unfortunately, I had a highside.”
Quartararo acknowledged that he was lucky to escape serious injury from the fall. Both Quartararo and Dovizioso suffered bad bangs to the head, which left both needing check-ups.
“I am okay, quite lucky that I don’t have something broken, that is positive,” he said.
“I think Dovi is quite bad because he had a big crash. I didn’t even see that he touches the bike, he go over the bike, just after when I get up I see he crashed.”