Expensive blunder emotional Espargaro in MotoGP: Spaniard stops racing a lap too early | Other sports

with videoThere were tears in the mouth after the Catalonia Grand Prix in MotoGP. Aleix Espargaro couldn’t believe what had just happened to him. The Spaniard thought a red too early the race was over and turned out to be an expensive mistake.

French motorcycle racer Fabio Quartararo strengthened his lead in the World Cup standings with the win in Catalonia. The Yamaha rider took the lead at the start at the Barcelona circuit and then drove with a show of power to his second win of the season.

The 23-year-old Quartararo, who took the world title in the premier class last year, came on 147 points. He took advantage of the blunder of Espargaro, the Spanish number 2 in the standings. Espargaro, who had started from pole position, headed for second place in front of his own crowd. However, going into the final lap he thought the race was already over. The Aprilia driver got up, slowed down and waved to the crowd. It wasn’t until some other drivers had rushed past at high speed that Espargaro realized he had one more lap to go.

The Spaniard crossed the finish line disillusioned in fifth and saw his deficit in the World Cup at Quartararo rise to 22 points. The winner was joined on the podium by Spaniard Jorge Martin (second) and his compatriot Johann Zarco (third).

The Italian Francesco Bagnaia, who triumphed in front of his own crowd in Mugello last week, was already knocked down in the first corner by the Japanese Takaaki Nakagami. It slid down and took Bagnaia and Spaniard Alex Rins into the gravel. The Italian Enea Bastianini, the number 3 of the World Cup standings, also crashed in Barcelona and was left without points. Bastianini saw his deficit on Quartararo rise to 53 points after nine of the twenty grands prix.

The upset Espargaro received a lot of support from his team and his family after the race:

The incident is very reminiscent of an event during the World Speed ​​Skating Championships in 1981. Then it was the Dutchman Hilbert van der Duim who stopped a round too early. Leen Pfrommer’s comment at that moment became legendary: ,,Hilbert, you still have to go for another round!”

Watch the finish of the MotoGP in Barcelona below: