The Japanese GP was one to forget for Repsol riders Jorge Navarro and Aron Canet, as both were unable to complete the race at Motegi. Contact with another rider and with his teammate ended Navarro’s day on the opening corner, as he lost the front of his bike and crashed out.
The Spaniard dislocated his left shoulder in the incident, and it was quickly put back into place in the circuit medical centre.
Canet’s gear lever was damaged in the same incident, preventing him from slowing down normally. He twice fell due to this handicap, finally retiring from the race.
“It’s a shame to finish the weekend with a crash, because we came to Japan with a good feeling from Aragon and our work in practice has been positive. In the final part of the qualifying session yesterday we weren’t able to put in a fast lap to put me higher up on the grid, but our pace was good and we were confident of setting a good pace today and riding with the front group. When you’re coming into the first corner off the fourth row, accidents can happen. I made contact with another rider and lost the front. I dislocated my shoulder again, and it was put back into place in the medical centre. Now we will see how the recovery goes over next few days.”
“On the first corner I collided with my teammate and my gear shift lever broke, and from then on I couldn’t move down the gears. I stayed out for a further two laps, adapting well to the situation, and then I decided to start regaining places. I overtook six riders in two laps and felt comfortable, but then I had problems shifting down, couldn’t ride how I wanted and ran wide on the corners, until finally losing the front. The second crash was similar: I couldn’t get into the right gear and went straight on.”
Source: Repsol Media
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