MotoGP: Éric Mahé’s information on what happened to Fabio Quartararo in Assen!

MotoGP: Éric Mahé's information on what happened to Fabio Quartararo in Assen!

Fabio Quartararo’s agent was yesterday the exceptional guest of our partners concocting the show After-Sunday. After a TT Assen MotoGP as beautiful as it was rich in adventures for Fabio Quartararothe questions were obviously very numerous, but Eric Mahe lent himself to the game with good grace and did not elude any. His discerning eye and his great knowledge of the mysteries of the paddock make him a testimonial of choice that we will distribute in several parts.

The master of the place, David Dumain first of all asked him to qualify for the championship the consequences of the fall of the Yamaha rider in the Netherlands…

Eric Mahe : “When we are 34 points ahead, it is much less serious than if we are 34 behind. Afterwards, I’m not talking about waste but it’s not very serious: Fabio very rarely falls and it’s not a big problem. He started the season a bit softly, for different reasons, and there was a bit of a reset in Austin, then he won in Portugal, then P2, P4, P1 and P1. There, there is a fall, but it is not fundamental. »

The facilitator then inquired about the physical condition of the young Nice…

“On the second fall, he took the bike on his back, so his back was a little crumpled. Cold, there remains a mini pain in the left shoulder, which only seems to be a hematoma. He will undergo two or three additional examinations, but it does not seem to be a serious injury. »

Eric Mahe then provided some details on the reason for the first fall…

“I was surprised that this fall happened, because if Pecco was leaving, we can make this kind of mistake. That is to say, we are blocked behind a guy, we see the leader of the race escaping and we can rush. But there, it was not the case because it was rather Fabio and Aleix who were coming back on Pecco at this moment of the race. I talked about it with Fabio and did the lap before he was a little angry for having missed an opportunity to overtake at this place. That is to say, he could have gone there, and it would have passed. The next lap, then, he had that in mind, except that Aleix came out differently from the right before the change of direction to the left, that Fabio was a meter or two further back than the lap before, and finally it didn’t happen. It’s all very light and it’s still pouillème. »

The reasons for the second fall were also discussed…

“The first fall is the real fall, the expensive one. Then he leaves because it’s his job. He has small technical problems related to the fall and he returns to the garage. At that time, it may rain so the team sends him back to the track, which is very logical because even if he is two laps down and there are 13 guys left at the finish, he scores 3 points. So the team did their job perfectly. After the second crash, it’s a mixture of Traction Control problems and the fact that he slowed down before entering the pits, and that he stayed 30 seconds in the pits, so the tires cooled. There were several parameters but I would say that we don’t care a bit about the second crash since Fabio is not injured and that he didn’t change anything in the scenario of the weekend. »

Obviously, the subject of the penalty imposed for the next race at Silverstone has not been avoided…

“It’s always very tricky! In short, if we compare it to the police, they don’t verbalize enough once and they verbalize too much right after. Honestly, I don’t really want to comment on that. What I would like to say is that you have to list the parameters a bit:
– Yes, Fabio lost control of his bike, yes, he took Aleix Espargaro into the gravel, Aleix Espargaro did not fall.
– Two, at the moment there is a lot of talk about safety-dangerousness. Fabio is overtaking at a place where no one can die, so I don’t see where the danger lies.
– And afterwards, I find that in this kind of situation, we have time to study it coldly since the penalty arrived after the end of the race, so I think that we must introduce a notion of sporting justice. That is to say that if Fabio had come out of the gravel trap, and Aleix had not, penalizing him would have been less inappropriate. There, there is one who does not finish his race, who takes a second fall, and there is the other who finishes fourth. So my opinion is that it is not suitable. »

Michael Turco then expressed that he obviously understood the caution of the words ofEric Mahebut that this sanction remained incomprehensible to him…

“If you ask me my opinion as a spectator of the Grands Prix, and not as manager of Quartararo, I answer you that it is completely stupid. So. It doesn’t matter, it’s life. »

The man in the shadow of French speed adds…

“Afterwards, there is something that I find damaging, beyond Fabio. This race was beautiful! It was a nice race. At the finish of the race, what are we talking about? Penalties! No, there is also a devastating effect of this kind of system. That is to say that at the end of the race, we talk more about the problem of the penalty than the spectacle that was offered on the track. I think all the players should really get together, Dorna, IRTA, FIM, and try to consolidate a system that works better. »

The intervention ofEric Mahe did not stop there, far from it, and touched on various other subjects, ranging from Fabio Quartararo to the latest rumors from the paddock. You can find them by watching the video here, while waiting to read our next summary…

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