Zarco handed pitlane start penalty for Morbidelli crash at Austrian MotoGP

Johann Zarco has been penalised with a pitlane start for the MotoGP Styrian Grand Prix for the horrific crash with Franco Morbidelli a week ago at the Red Bull Ring

Zarco handed pitlane start penalty for Morbidelli crash at Austrian MotoGP

Zarco and Morbidelli suffered a 200mph collision after the Turn 2 kink during lap 10 of the Austrian GP last weekend, with Zarco's bike hitting the airfence at Turn 3 and vaulting over the barrier and narrowly missing Maverick Vinales, while Morbidelli's errant Petronas SRT Yamaha slid straight up the track and only just missed hitting both Valentino Rossi and Vinales.

The French rider was criticised by several riders for changing his line under braking, with Morbidelli calling him a "half-killer" and saying that he showed "little love" during the incident.

The MotoGP stewards summoned Zarco to explain his side of the incident and concluded that his actions were "irresponsible", handing him a pitlane start penalty for Sunday's second race at the Austrian venue.

"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 with both riders involved," a statement by the stewards read.

"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."

It initially appeared that both riders escaped injury in the crash, but it later emerged that Zarco fractured the scaphoid in his right wrist and subsequently underwent surgery on his wrist on Wednesday.

The French rider was originally due to attend a medical test on Thursday, but was denied the opportunity to do for failing to meet the 48-hour minimum time requirement after a surgery.

As such, he is yet to be declared fit for the event and will miss both practice sessions on Friday.

Zarco will aim to pass in the medical test on Friday and would be allowed to take part in the weekend from FP3 on Saturday if he is declared fit.

If Zarco is unable to take part in this weekend's Styrian GP, his pitlane start penalty would be applied to his next MotoGP race, meaning he would have to serve the penalty at the San Marino GP if declared unfit for this weekend.

shares
comments
Miller leads Ducati 1-2 in MotoGP Styrian GP FP1, Zarco absent
Previous article

Miller leads Ducati 1-2 in MotoGP Styrian GP FP1, Zarco absent

Next article

Zarco's Brno clash set Austrian MotoGP penalty precedent - Avintia

Zarco's Brno clash set Austrian MotoGP penalty precedent - Avintia
The signs Quartararo’s 2022 MotoGP title is slipping away from him Plus

The signs Quartararo’s 2022 MotoGP title is slipping away from him

Prior to the summer break, the 2022 MotoGP title looked like it was Fabio Quartararo’s to lose. But a crash at Assen and the consequential penalty he had to serve last weekend at Silverstone stopped him from capitalising on a main rival’s injury woes, while a resurgence from another, plus the rise of a former team-mate, look set to conspire against the Yamaha rider

MotoGP
Aug 8, 2022
Why Marquez’s toughest MotoGP foe is stopping at the right time Plus

Why Marquez’s toughest MotoGP foe is stopping at the right time

On the eve of the British Grand Prix, Andrea Dovizioso announced that he will be retiring from MotoGP after September’s San Marino GP. The timing of his departure raised eyebrows, but his reasoning remains sensible and what has happened this year should not diminish a hard-built legacy

MotoGP
Aug 6, 2022
Why a Suzuki refugee feels he deserves MotoGP's toughest challenge Plus

Why a Suzuki refugee feels he deserves MotoGP's toughest challenge

Alex Rins’ MotoGP future was plunged into sudden doubt when Suzuki elected to quit the series at the end of 2022. Securing a deal with Honda to join LCR, he will now tread a path that many have fallen off from. But it was a move he felt his status deserved, and it’s a challenge – he tells Autosport - he faces with his eyes wide open…

MotoGP
Jul 27, 2022
How Formula 1 has driven MotoGP's changing nature Plus

How Formula 1 has driven MotoGP's changing nature

The hiring of technicians from Formula 1 has clearly contributed to a recent change in the MotoGP landscape, with the role of engineers gaining greater significance relative to the riders. Here's how this shift has come about

MotoGP
Jul 19, 2022
The revolution behind Aprilia's rise from MotoGP tail-ender to pack-leader Plus

The revolution behind Aprilia's rise from MotoGP tail-ender to pack-leader

Coinciding with the arrival of Massimo Rivola as head of its MotoGP division, Aprilia has undergone an internal revolution that has spurred it from occupying last place in the team standings to leading the table in the space of just two years. Those entrenched in the project reveal how the ex-Ferrari F1 chief has achieved the dramatic turnaround

MotoGP
Jul 15, 2022
The battle Yamaha's wayward son is fighting to be fast again in MotoGP Plus

The battle Yamaha's wayward son is fighting to be fast again in MotoGP

Franco Morbidelli was long overdue a promotion to factory machinery when it finally came late last year, having finished runner-up in the 2020 standings on an old Yamaha package. But since then the Italian has been a shadow of his former self as he toils to adapt to the 2022 M1, and recognises that he needs to change his style to be quick on it

MotoGP
Jul 13, 2022
Why Honda and Yamaha have been left behind in MotoGP's new era Plus

Why Honda and Yamaha have been left behind in MotoGP's new era

The once all-conquering Japanese manufacturers are going through a difficult period in MotoGP this season. With Suzuki quitting, Honda struggling to get near the podium and Yamaha only enjoying success courtesy of Fabio Quartararo, Japanese manufacturers have been left in the dust by their European counterparts. Key paddock figures explain why.

MotoGP
Jun 28, 2022
Who is Valentino Rossi’s newest MotoGP star? Plus

Who is Valentino Rossi’s newest MotoGP star?

Valentino Rossi’s protégés stole the show at Assen as Francesco Bagnaia stormed to victory to arrest a recent barren run. But it was the rider in second, on Bagnaia’s old bike, who had all eyes on him. Securing his and the VR46 team’s first MotoGP podium, Marco Bezzecchi has all the characteristics that made his mentor special

MotoGP
Jun 27, 2022