The weekend started badly for Fabio Quartararo at the German Grand Prix. The French crashed heavily during the first free practice session on Friday morning at the exit of turn 12 of the circuit, when he was on the verge. He ended his race slipping in the gravel, letting his motorbike fly away and land a few yards away after scattering some debris.

The current leader of the world championship (with 14 points ahead of his compatriot, Johann Zarco, 2nd) got up, while holding his wrist straight before going out, alone, from the circuit, half an hour from the end of this first session. All the same, he raised his thumb to give reassuring news.

He had been operated on on his right forearm in early May to treat compartment syndrome (a common muscle ailment for pilots). A few days earlier, the Frenchman had let the victory slip away in Spain due to the pain which left him exhausted and unable to firmly hold the handlebars. He had already undergone a similar operation in 2019.

The fall during this Friday morning comes two weeks after another misfortune encountered by the Niçois. He had finished the Catalan Grand Prix in fourth place with the open combination, without knowing the reason for this technical problem. Penalized for the first time by three seconds, he was finally downgraded by two places (he finally finished sixth) by the race marshals because of his integrity. was threatened.

He had tackled his rivals at the origin of this sanction. “Congratulations to everyone who has been complaining about another penalty,” the 22-year-old pilot wrote on Instagram. said and it was already hard for me to drive. But it’s good to see the real faces of people. See you at the next race. ” This one didnâ € ™ t start off in the best possible way. He now has a meeting at 2:10 pm this Friday for the second free practice session.