The first round of the 2020 MotoGP season will be remembered for three key topics. First, because the Jerez GP raced this afternoon represented the real return for motorcycling after the coronavirus emergency. Secondly, because today was a big day for Fabio Quartararo, finally victorious after several attempts, and thirdly, for Marc Marquez's crash in turn 3 after a really incredible comeback.
The injury of the eight-time world champion seems serious and given the particular nature of this "short" season, all the riders are expressing a thought on the incident also in relation to the crashes of Rins and Crutchlow, who had to miss today’s race. One other rider who crashed during this first week of MotoGP is Danilo Petrucci who on Wednesday picked up a bad shoulder and neck contracture.
"Marc was making an impossible comeback - said Danilo in a post-race Zoom conference - I'm sorry he hurt himself. He passed me in the corner where he crashed at twice my speed. Racing at Jerez in July with 63° on the asphalt is terrible for everyone. The world championship can change a lot, this is Marquez's first real injury and it might be a serious blow for him. Anyway, even today he was making all the difference, even though the track seemed to be covered in tar. I think that the three men on the podium today can take a big advantage. "
Danilo, a lot of crashes this weekend and injuries above all. What do you think about that?
"I was the only rider who crashed hard this weekend and I did the race anyway. I am in critical condition because I think I have an allergy to the relaxants and anti-inflammatory drugs that I am taking, I feel dehydrated. On Wednesday it looked bad because I thought I had broken my neck but I still gritted my teeth. "
Will you be doing any treatment for the neck and the dehydration problems in the next few days?
"Yes, I will have to do some checks to see what the problem is. In addition to the neck and shoulder, which however weakened me greatly over the weekend, I also have some intestinal difficulties. The goal is to recover well for next Friday."
On your race today: in these conditions is finishing in the top 10 still a satisfaction?
"I had no confidence in the bike today and at the beginning I struggled; I made the top 10 because Marc and Mir crashed and Valentino stopped. I finished 13 seconds behind Dovizioso but for next Sunday I’m thinking positive and I want to fight there with the other Ducatis. This weekend I was on the defensive but next week, if I feel good, I can aim for the top 5 "