MotoGP rider thinks race was over, misses out on podium

MotoGP rider Aleix Espargaró missed out on a podium finish at the Catalonia Grand Prix won by Fabio Quartararo after thinking the race was over a lap before it ended.

Published: 05th June 2022 07:04 PM  |   Last Updated: 05th June 2022 07:04 PM   |  A+A-

Spain's rider Aleix Espargaro of the Aprilia Racing steers his motorcycle during the MotoGP race of the Catalunya Motorcycle Grand Prix Spain, Sunday, June 5, 2022. (Photo | AP)

By Associated Press

BARCELONA: Spanish MotoGP rider Aleix Espargaró missed out on a podium finish at the Catalonia Grand Prix won by Fabio Quartararo after thinking the race was over a lap before it ended.

Espargaró was in second place when he crossed the line on the second-to-last lap, then lifted off the throttle and started to wave to fans at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit. He realized his mistake a few turns later and immediately went back to racing, finishing in fifth place.

The 32-year-old Espargaró stopped after crossing the line on the last lap and looked desolate. He stayed on his bike for a while, with his head down and his hands on his helmet.

He went straight into the back of his team's garage and appeared to be crying as crew members and relatives tried to console him.

Jorge Martin took second place and Johann Zarco was third to complete the podium.

Espargaró is second in the championship standings. He saw the gap to leader Quartararo increase from eight points to 22 points after his mistake on Sunday.



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