Quartararo got yet another penalty after receiving one for corner cutting in the Catalan GP. With this, the Championship leader goes from finishing on the podium to 6th.
Quartararo exits the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya losing a lot of points in the Championship. The Yamaha rider has now just a 14-point gap to fellow Frenchman Zarco, who finished second in the race.
The first penalty came when Fabio Quartararo had a moment in turn 1 and he almost crashed out, having to cut through the turn to stay on the bike. Despite losing track position and time, the stewards decided it was worth a penalty.
Later on, Quartararo lost his chest protection after his zip came down, leaving him racing for some laps with his chest exposed. This was in breach with the regulations, as in rule 22.214.171.124 say riders shall wear his equipment correctly fit during the time of on-track activity. Some say that he should have retired or the organization should have shown him a black flag.
The stewards’ decision came after the race and decided to give the Championship leader yet another 3-second penalty. This was after some riders, including people from Suzuki and Ducati, talked to Race Direction. With this, Quartararo finishes outside the top 5 at Catalunya.
The Frenchman wasn’t happy with the decision, and posted on social media. “Congratulations to everyone who asked for another penalty. I didn’t put anyone in danger and it’s been hard to ride like this. But it’s good to see some people’s true face. Just thanks to everyone who supports me and helped me during these hard times. We’ll see us on the next one!”.