Motorcycles Espargaro: Zarco “didn’t want” to avoid Turn 1 contact
Pol Espargaro criticizes Johann Zarco for "deliberate" blockade
© Motorsport Images For the maneuver in FT1, Pol Espargaro Zarco throws intention before After Friday training for the second MotoGP race in Jerez there was stunk between two former teammates. Pol Espargaro (KTM) felt that Johann Zarco (Avintia-Ducati) had twice handicapped him. Once Espargaro accuses the French of intention. "I had two moments with Zarco today," Espargaro vented his anger. "In the morning he was driving in the middle of the track when I came quickly from behind.
Pol Espargaro says Johann Zarco could have avoided the contact which took him out of the MotoGP Czech Grand Prix, but says the Avintia rider “didn’t want” to.
Espargaro says the collision was a "win-win" for Zarco, because it moved him into podium contention, which he was able to hold onto owing to the long lap penalty at Brno being "a joke".
I was just leaning [into Turn 1], he could have avoided contact, he didn't want to, he gave throttle and he took me away from the line.
Zarco "just happy": P3 in qualifying, hope for rain
Although he is not allowed to start from the front row due to his penalty, Johann Zarco is in a good mood after Styria qualifying.
And he got the podium.
I don't want to talk so much about it because I'm hot now."
Zarco served his long lap penalty on lap 14 of 21, and managed to hold onto third place despite dropping back into the clutches of Fabio Quartararo.
The Avintia rider believes his punishment was fair, and expected Espargaro to have seen him at the corner after he ran out wide.
"About my penalty with Pol, I think it's fair anyway with the rules we have," Zarco said.
But when we had the contact it seems he did not see me.
"But in the race, you have to try things and you don't have all the time a big margin to overtake.
So he's not easy to overtake on the brakes. But that's also why he went wide in that corner."
Ducati was furious with Race Direction's decision to impose a long lap penalty on Zarco, believing the fault for the contact lay fully at Espargaro's door for running wide.
Brno MotoGP: Rookie Binder scores KTM’s first win
Brad Binder dominated the Czech Grand Prix to claim a shock maiden win for him and KTM in MotoGP, while points leaders Fabio Quartararo, Maverick Vinales and Andrea Dovizioso struggled. © Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images Podium: race winner Brad Binder, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 2016 Moto3 champion Binder was promoted to the factory KTM team from Tech3 for 2020 after Johann Zarco’s exit from the squad and eased to the chequered flag in only his third premier class race for an historic victory.
"It was totally the wrong decision from race direction from our opinion, because Pol Espargaro made a mistake," Ducati boss Paolo Ciabatti said.
"He knew, for the first corner after the riders go through the start/finish line and they see a pitboard, so he knew Zarco was zero seconds behind him, and he made a mistake, eventually went wide and Zarco just went inside, his normal line.
"If a rider goes wide and has to come back to the normal line, he should look because he's not alone on track, and Espargaro knew it because he saw the pit board for sure.
"So, we cannot what was the mistake from Zarco, he was in his line, on the inside, could not brake because he was leaning a lot."
Johann Zarco, Avintia Racing
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MotoGP Jerez (2) FT2: Nakagami secures Honda the best time even without Marquez .
© Motorsport Images Surprising leaders in the afternoon: Takaaki Nakagami Honda best time in the second free practice session of the MotoGP : But this time it's not Marc Marquez, who misses Friday in Jerez due to injury, but LCR pilot Takaaki Nakagami, who secures the top spot. With a late attack on fresh tires, the Japanese topped the classification with 1: 37.715 minutes. Johann Zarco (Avintia-Ducati) and Pol Espargaro (KTM) completed the unusual top 3 of this session. Both were only 0.155 an