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Johann Zarco Penalized for Crash with Franco Morbidelli

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Johann Zarco has been penalized for the crash with Franco Morbidelli, which happened during last Sunday’s MotoGP race at the Red Bull Ring.

The two riders faced the FIM Stewards on Thursday, the Stewards hearing their stories separately. After reviewing the evidence and listening to the riders, the Stewards decided to punish Zarco for irresponsible riding.

The Frenchman will have to start the next race from pit lane. But, the penalty does not apply solely to the Styrian Grand Prix, to be held this Sunday. Rather, Zarco is to serve the penalty at the next race where he takes the start.

If he is ruled unfit to ride at Spielberg this weekend, then the penalty will be held over until Misano.

Below is the official FIM press release:

After the incident during the Austrian GP MotoGP race involving Johann Zarco (Esponsorama Racing) and Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) that brought out the Red Flag, the FIM MotoGP™ Stewards Panel held hearings on Thursday the 20th of August with both riders involved.

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

Source: FIM; Photo: MotoGP

David Emmett

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