Jorge Martin Locks Horns with Fabio Quartararo in MotoGP Austria Sprint Race

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Pramac Ducati rider Jorge Martin has spoken out about the collision incident involving him and Fabio Quartararo during the MotoGP Austria sprint race at the Red Bull Ring circuit on Saturday (August 19, 2023). The contact between Martin and Quartararo in the first turn didn't impact the Spanish rider's performance in the sprint race.

Despite the incident, Martin still secured a third-place podium finish in the MotoGP Austria sprint race. However, race officials are still investigating the collision.

Here's a rundown of the collision incident: Jorge Martin of Pramac Ducati was navigating the first turn when another rider was already on his left, also attempting to make the turn. This situation led to Martin being squeezed to the apex before the contact with Quartararo and Maverick Vinales. The incident also involved Marco Bezzecchi, Miguel Oliveira, and Johann Zarco, all of whom crashed.

"I've just been in the race director's office to understand what happened. I've watched the incident 50 times, but we're puzzled about what happened," Martin explained, as quoted by

"I was going straight and wanted to take the inside line comfortably for the turn. However, there were a few riders on the outside trying a different line, and then Fabio Quartararo bumped into me."

"He lost control, so I think it was a combination of a few things. But I don't think it was my fault, and I took the correct line," he added.

Jorge Martin's Controversial Moments Extend Beyond Turn One

Jorge Martin's controversies weren't limited to turn one. He was also involved in a collision with Luca Marini at the chicane in turn two.

During that incident, Martin also attempted an inside line for the turn. However, this led to Luca Marini crashing. Once again, Martin asserted his innocence.

"I thought about it before seeing the entire picture. I was already ahead. He tried to overtake me and his elbow hit my shoe, which caused him to crash," Marini explained.

"I didn't push him out; I was on the correct line. I feel like a clean rider who always tries to overtake opponents cleanly."

Francesco Bagnaia Comments on the Incident Involving Jorge Martin

Bagnaia, the winner of the sprint race, also shared his thoughts on the incident. He started from a lower position in the race.

"When riders start from the back and try to overtake many riders, it's too risky," he commented, seemingly alluding to Jorge Martin, who started from the 12th position.

"On some circuits, you can do it, but not on this circuit, Jerez, or Mugello. Sometimes collision incidents are hard to avoid."

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