Zarco Handed A Penalty

Press Release | August 21, 2020

The FIM MotoGP Stewards Panel determined that there was evidence of irresponsible riding

Johann Zarco
Johann Zarco handed a pitlane start penalty for Austrian GP crash

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, August 20, 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.

The Frenchman underwent successful surgery on a fractured scaphoid on Wednesday (August 19, 2020) in Italy, an injury that he suffered in the huge Austrian GP crash. Zarco was unable to do a fitness test ahead of Friday’s action as it wasn’t 48 hours after his operation, but after passing the test on Friday, Zarco will now head out for FP3 on Saturday morning.



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