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Bad luck for KTM trio at French round

Bad luck for KTM trio at French round

After he started on pole for the first time Marc Márquez crashed out at Le Mans on Sunday and his KTM colleagues Cameron Beaubier and Sturla Faugerhaug also fell victim to the conditions.

In a 125cc race on Sunday at Le Mans which saw a record number of crashes all three KTM representatives were amongst those on the DNF list.

It was a particularly unlucky race for Marc Márquez, who, after featuring on the podium Jerez and then becoming the second youngest pole setter in history on Saturday in France, was fighting for second place with compatriot Joan Olivé on lap five when Olivé crashed in front of him and both riders went down.

Afterwards 16 year-old Márquez commented, “I was riding quiet comfortably. We had found a good set up and my KTM was working very well. It was just bad luck when a rider crashed right in front of me and I couldn’t avoid him.”

He continued, “The bike was only a bit damaged. I tried to continue racing but the handle bar was bent and I could not race comfortably. Then I crashed again in the straight and after that I had to return to the pits. The positive thing about this weekend was my first ever pole and the fact that I was riding in a good place when I crashed. Now I look forward to the next round in Mugello.”

Included in the list of 17 other riders who did not finish the wet race were Red Bull KTM’s American competitor Cameron Beaubier who suffered a suspected left wrist fracture when he crashed and KTM wildcard Sturla Faugerhaug, a Red Bull MotoGP Rookie, who hit the deck twice.

Team Manager Francesco Guidotti said of Beaubier’s condition, “Cameron has a little fracture in his left arm close to the wrist. Due to his young age, part of the fracture is in the softer part of the bone. It looks unlikely that he will be able to race in Mugello but we have to wait a while to know more.”

Meanwhile, wild card Fagerhaug, started at the back of the field as the last qualifier on his World Championship debut and had made up some ground before his first accident. He stated, “I had an ok start. I passed a couple of guys and was riding at a steady pace. I was getting more confident about the grip level and lap by lap I was trying to catch the group in front of me. Then I lost the rear.”

“It is quiet annoying because I was in the top 15,” he added. “The bike was okay, except for some small problems, so I rejoined the race, but then I crashed out again and that was it. I didn’t really manage to do what I hoped this weekend but the weather made things difficult. I hope to do better next time.”


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