Fabio Quartararo wins MotoGP 2020 opener; Marc Marquez fractures arm

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Fabio Quartararo won the MotoGP 2020 opener, and defending series champion Marc Marquez faces surgery after being injured in a crash.

Quartararo became the first French winner in the premier class in more than 20 years, winning on his Yamaha from the pole position Sunday in an eventful Spanish Grand Prix.

The Petronas Sepang Racing Team rider held off the Yamaha of Maverick Vinales on the circuit in Jerez, Spain, for his first career victory, which can be seen on NBC at 3 p.m. ET and NBCSN at 8 p.m. ET.

Andrea Dovizioso finished third on his Ducati after recovering from a broken collarbone a few weeks ago.

After starting third, Marquez went off course twice in Turn 4 during the MotoGP 2020 opener, losing the lead on Lap 5 to Quartararo. Marquez managed to save his bike that time, though.

The Repsol Honda rider fell from first to 16th, but he had climbed to fourth and was contending for a podium when he crashed with four laps remaining. Marquez was able to get on his feet after the wreck but later was taken to the medical center for observation. MotoGP reported that the six-time premier series champion will undergo surgery Tuesday for a fractured right arm.

According to the MotoGP website, a traumatology specialist said Marquez was injured by a tire impact. Marquez’s course of treatment will be set after he is transferred to Barcelona, and he hasn’t been ruled out for next weekend’s race.

Before Sunday’s opener, MotoGP held a minute of silence for those affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Spanish rider Maverick Vinales leads on his Yamaha at the start of the Spanish Grand Prix MotoGP race  in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain (JAVIER SORIANO/AFP via Getty Images).

Sergio Perez still has coronavirus; will miss second consecutive F1 race

F1 Sergio Perez out
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SILVERSTONE, England — Sergio Perez will be out for a second F1 race at Silverstone this week after again testing positive for the coronavirus.

The Mexican driver had hoped to return to Formula One after spending seven days in quarantine, but his Racing Point team said this morning he had tested positive.

“He is physically well and recovering,” the team said. “The whole team wishes Sergio and his family well and we look forward to his return.”

That means German veteran Nico Hulkenberg again fills in for Sunday’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix after having also replaced Sergio Perez when he was out for the F1 British Grand Prix at the same venue last week. Hulkenberg did not start that race because of an engine problem.

There are two consecutive weekends of racing at Silverstone as Formula One tries to pack in races following the pandemic-delayed start to the season.

Perez became the first Formula One driver to test positive for coronavirus, and it had been unclear whether he would be available to drive after the period of quarantine was extended to 10 days.

Racing Point also was in the news Friday after being hit with a 15-point penalty in the Formula One constructors’ championship and fined 400,000 euros ($470,000) Friday for using brake ducts based on those from last year’s Mercedes cars.

The stewards ruled that Mercedes was the “principal designer” of the parts, and that Racing Point made only minor changes to computer design data it received from Mercedes.

Rival team Renault filed protests about the legality of the brake ducts, which were added to the “listed parts” under F1 rules for 2020. That means teams must design their own. Racing Point argued it was merely using information about the Mercedes parts to inform its own design.

Racing Point uses customer engines from Mercedes and has admitted basing its 2020 car design on photographs of last year’s Mercedes car. The similarities led to the Racing Point being nicknamed the “pink Mercedes” when it was first seen in testing ahead of the season.

Racing Point can appeal the ruling. The points deduction drops the team from fifth to sixth in the standings, below Renault. The ruling doesn’t affect the points totals for Racing Point’s drivers.