Zarco handed pitlane start penalty following Morbidelli crash

21 August 2020 - 12:27 By Reuters
Franco Morbidelli of Italy and Petronas Yamaha SRT leads Johann Zarco of France and Reale Avintia Racing during the MotoGP Of Austria - Qualifying at Red Bull Ring on August 15, 2020 in Spielberg, Austria.
Franco Morbidelli of Italy and Petronas Yamaha SRT leads Johann Zarco of France and Reale Avintia Racing during the MotoGP Of Austria - Qualifying at Red Bull Ring on August 15, 2020 in Spielberg, Austria.
Image: Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images

Avintia Ducati's Johann Zarco will begin his next MotoGP ride from the pitlane after being penalised for his role in a crash with Petronas Yamaha's Franco Morbidelli at the Red Bull Ring earlier this week, MotoGP said on Friday.

Zarco, 30, was involved in a high-speed crash with Morbidelli, 25, at turn three in Spielberg, with their cartwheeling bikes missing Yamaha duo Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales by centimetres.

Zarco and Morbidelli were summoned to a stewards' meeting at the track on Thursday to discuss Sunday's accident.

"After evaluation it was determined there was evidence of irresponsible riding from Johann Zarco which has resulted in a penalty. The Frenchman will start his next race from the pitlane," MotoGP said in a statement.

Some rivals had blamed the Frenchman for taking an unusual line while braking into turn three, although Zarco denied making a deliberate move.

Zarco fractured his wrist in the crash and required surgery. He will miss Friday's practice at the Styrian Grand Prix in Austria but still hopes to race on Sunday. 


X