Motorcycles "Half a murderer" - Morbidelli accuses Zarco after near-disaster
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.
At the Austrian Grand Prix in Spielberg, a few laps after the start, an extremely dangerous situation occurred. Johann Zarco and Franco Morbidelli collided while braking at turn 3 at around 300 km / h and fell. The two machines crossed the lines of the rest of the pilots at high speed.
As if by a miracle, no other rider was hit by the flying motorcycles. Valentino Rossi was particularly lucky, because Morbidelli's Yamaha missed Rossi's helmet by just a few centimeters. But Maverick Vinales' guardian angels were also active, because the Spaniard was also in the trajectory of Morbidelli's M1.
MotoGP Brno FT3: Morbidelli best time ahead of Zarco, Rins and Dovizioso in Q1
© Motorsport Images Franco Morbidelli prevailed in the mini-qualifying in Brno in the morning also has a Petronas in the third free practice session of the MotoGP in Brno -Yamaha pilot ahead. Only this time it is Franco Morbidelli. He beat Johann Zarco (Avintia-Ducati / + 0.016 seconds) and team-mate Fabio Quartararo (+0.097) with a best time of 1: 56.037 minutes .
For Morbidelli it was immediately clear who was to blame for the accident. "He's half a murderer," the Yamaha rider grumbled in an interview with 'Sky Italia' on Johann Zarco. "If you brake like that at 300 km / h, you don't care much for the riders you're driving against."
"I couldn't do anything. When I braked, Zarco changed lines, probably to defend himself," said Morbidelli, describing the course of the accident. "I'm fine. But it was very dangerous, for me and for him. But it was also very dangerous for Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales. They saw a motorcycle flying towards them at 280 km / h."Johann Zarco classifies the incident as a racing accident
Zarco, who was involved in a controversial incident at the previous race, suffered minor injuries when he fell. "I'm okay, but I've got a few burns on my arm, hip and legs. It was a huge shock," he comments on his Instagram profile.
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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.
For Zarco, the incident was a classic racing accident. "I passed Morbidelli on the straight. When I had to brake, he touched me. It surprised him. He said that I was pulling very far outwards and that was not correct. I wasn't too far from the line that I was otherwise go ", defends Zarco.
"It was a racing accident that is sometimes difficult to avoid at such speeds. Thank God our bikes didn't hit anyone. That was luck and we're relieved. Now we'll analyze all the data and prepare for next week. I'll be fit be enough to drive the race, "announced the Frenchman.Clarifying conversation with Valentino Rossi
"The motorcycle could have destroyed Valentino or another driver," Zarco is aware of. "It was scary. Vale had that feeling. He straightened the bike up a bit and saw the bike. It was scary too."
"I didn't make a mistake," emphasized Zarco. "I didn't drive a crazy line. But that's what the others thought. Now they have looked at it and can understand it." According to Zarco, a clarifying conversation ensured relaxation.
Morbidelli: “Someone needs to pay” for MotoGP horror crash
Franco Morbidelli says it’s become routine to brand collisions like his horrific shunt in the MotoGP Austrian GP a racing incident, but demands “someone needs to pay” for it. The Petronas SRT rider collided with the rear of Johann Zarco’s Avintia Ducati on the run through the fast Turn 2 kink during Sunday’s Red Bull Ring race, with both lucky to escape the violent crash unscathed.The two machines also narrowly avoided wiping out the Yamaha’s of Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales in a sickening incident, which led to the race being halted.
"I wanted to meet Franco. I saw him in the medical center," reports the Ducati driver. "During an interview there were nasty comments from Franco and Vale. Franco was already gone. I talked to Vale for ten minutes. We could talk about it and exchange ideas. It's better now. It was an ugly incident in this race. So we don't want anything. I was able to talk to Vale and make him realize that I'm not a crazy guy. "Aleix Espargaro is annoyed by Johann Zarco's dangerous driving style.
Aprilia driver Aleix Espargaro also commented on the incident after the race. "If you follow another rider, the winglets create turbulence. The turbulence causes the motorcycle to rock. This can push the brake pads outwards. You can lose the front," explains the Spaniard.
"It's always difficult with downforce behind another driver. You have downforce, then you don't have any. On the other hand, it's always Zarco. Always Zarco," says Aleix Espargaro. "Most importantly, nothing happened today. I was driving right behind Valentino. If the bike had hit Valentino, it would have been one of the worst days inhistory."
"It's a difficult part. It is difficult to avoid contact and to brake the bike. You have to watch out for the other riders. But knowing that you have to be more careful. You shouldn't go over the limit then. Some riders In this paddock only think of yourself, "says Aleix Espargaro, angry about drivers like Johann Zarco.
"In dangerous places you have to think 80 percent of yourself and 20 percent of the other drivers. If it's a very dangerous place and you are not sure, then you have to wait a lap. What's the problem?" Aprilia works pilot.
Barcelona MotoGP: Morbidelli fastest in FP2 despite crash .
Petronas Yamaha’s Franco Morbidelli topped the second practice for the MotoGP Catalan Grand Prix despite an early crash, with Avintia’s Johann Zarco also recovering from a crash to finish second. © Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images Franco Morbidelli, Petronas Yamaha SRT Morbidelli took control of the timesheets in the opening five minutes of this afternoon’s session, setting the initial pace at a 1m41.143s on his ‘A-spec’ Petronas Yamaha. The San Marino race winner improved to a 1m40.672s on his follow-up tour, with his next effort of 1m40.573s standing as the benchmark for much of the session.