The French Fabio Quartararo and Johann Zarco were forced to retire after a crash after falling on the third lap of the Dutch Grand Prix of MotoGP, finally won by the leader of the world championship Fransesco Bagnaia on Sunday June 25 on the TT circuit in Assen.
If the Avignonnais Johann Zarco (Ducati) got up immediately, the Niçois Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) had to be helped by the marshals, who supported him to leave the circuit. He was taken to the medical center.
The two men found themselves on the ground while occupying the 12th and 13th positions in the race. Quartararo, world champion MotoGP in 2021, had completely missed his start, going from 4th to 12th position in less than half a lap.
Stoppage for Zarco
Coming out of a bend, the Yamaha rider lost control of the front of his bike, starting to slide and dragging his compatriot down with him.
On Saturday, Quartararo had taken third place in the sprint race, with Zarco failing in 13th position. For the Avignonnais, the abandonment in Assen sounds like a setback after three consecutive podiums.
Bagnaia comforts his liking as a leader
For his part, Francesco Bagnaia therefore consolidated his position as leader of the world championship before the long summer break, thanks to this fourth success this season, ahead of his compatriot Marco Bezzecchi and the Spaniard Alex Espargaro.
South African Brad Binder, third at the finish, was penalized for having exceeded the limits of the track at the end of the race and finally finished fourth behind Espargaro. He had experienced a similar mishap on Saturday during the sprint race at the end of which he lost his place on the podium for another trajectory fault.
Author of pole position and winner of the sprint race on Saturday, Bezzechi (Ducati-VR46) missed his start, overtaken by Binder and Bagnaia. The latter quickly took a second lead, forcing Bezzecchi, 3rd in the championship at the start, into a fruitless chase. Second in the championship, Spaniard Jorge Martin (Ducati-Pramac) finished in fifth position.