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Johann Zarco: “Nakagami crash was not a racing accident” / MotoGP

Takaaki Nakagami was lucky not to be seriously injured in the Barcelona MotoGP race. Shortly after the start, the Japanese crashed and took Pecco Bagnaia and Alex Rins out of the race.

The week before, Suzuki works driver Alex Rins fell after touching Taka Nakagami (Honda). The stewards in Mugello saw the incident as a racing accident. In Barcelona, ​​Rins injured his arm, and Nakagami also had to go to the hospital after the crash. The race director again rated the crash as a racing accident.

Pramac Ducati driver Johann Zarco described the procedure in detail as an outsider. “At Friday’s safety commission meeting in Barcelona, ​​Rins asked our opinion on the incident involving Nakagami in Mugello when he fell after being touched. We drivers almost all agreed that Nakagami didn’t make a mistake at Mugello. So a penalty in this situation would not have been appropriate, although we know that Taka can sometimes overtake very aggressively. But he couldn’t do anything in Mugello,” said the Frenchman.

“Unfortunately, at the start in Barcelona, ​​he lost all our encouragement because Nakagami caused this fall,” Zarco clarified. “It’s a shame for him.”

The Ducati rider added: “To describe this incident as a racing accident is incorrect. He completely missed the braking point; he was way too fast at this point. It is not correct that the race directors do nothing for the next race in this case. As I said, he gambled away a lot among us drivers.”

Zarco himself has been criticized several times. The two-time Moto2 World Champion touched Franco Morbidelli at turn 2 at top speed during the 2020 MotoGP race at the Red Bull Ring. Both riders lost control of their bikes and fell. The bikes crossed the track at high speed, missing the two Yamaha factory riders Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi by a hair’s breadth. Zarco then received a pit lane penalty for the following race.

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MotoGP result, Montmeló (5 June):

1. Quartararo, Yamaha, 24th Rdn in 40:29.360 min
2. Martin, Ducati, + 6,473 sec
3. Zarco, Ducati, + 8,385
4. Mir, Suzuki, + 11,481
5. Aleix Espargaró, Aprilia, + 14,395
6. Marini, Ducati, + 15,430
7. Viñales, Aprilia, + 15.975
8. Brad Binder, KTM, + 21,436
9. Oliveira, KTM, + 26,800
10. Alex Marquez, Honda, +30,460
11. Gardner, KTM, + 32,443
12. Darryn Binder, Yamaha, + 32,881
13. Morbidelli, Yamaha, +33,168
14. Miller, Ducati, + 34,693
15. Fernandez, KTM, + 37,844
16. Pirro, Ducati, +44,533
17. Pol Espargaró, Honda, + 46,199
– Dovizioso, Yamaha, 7 laps down
– Di Giannantonio, Ducati, 16 Runden zurück
– Bastianini, Ducati, 17 laps behind
– Bezzecchi, Ducati, 19 laps behind
– Bagnaia, Ducati, 23 laps behind
– Rins, Suzuki, 1st round not finished
– Nakagami, Honda, 1st lap not finished
– Bradl, Honda, 1st lap not finished

MotoGP Riders’ World Championship after 9 of 20 Grands Prix:

1. Quarterly 147 Points. 2. Aleix Espargaro 125. 3. Bastianini 94. 4. Zarco 91. 5. Bagnaia 81. 6. Brad Binder 73. 7. Rins 69. 8. Mir 69. 9. Miller 65. 10. Marc Marquez 60. Oliveira 57. Martin 51. 13. Viñales 46. 14. Marini 41. 15. Pol Spargaro 40. 16. Nakagami 38. 17. Bezzecchi 30. 18. Alex Marquez 26. 19. Morbidelli 22. 20. Darryn Binder 21. Di Giannantonio 8. 22. Dovizioso 8. 23. Gardner 8. 24. Raul Fernandez

Constructors’ Championship:

1. Ducati 201 Punkte. 2. Yamaha 147. 3. Aprilia 126. 4. KTM 101. 5. Suzuki 93. 6. Honda 81.

Team World Cup:

1. Aprilia Racing 171 Punkte. 2. Monster Energy Yamaha 169. 3. Ducati Lenovo 146. 4. Prima Pramac Racing 142. 5. Suzuki Ecstar 138. 6. Red Bull KTM Factory 130. 7. Gresini Racing 102. 8. Repsol Honda 100. 9. Mooney VR46 Racing 71. 10. LCR Honda 64. 11. WithU Yamaha RNF 18. 12. Tech3 KTM Factory 9.

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