Former MotoGP world champion Casey Stoner has called out MotoGP officials over the decision to give Johann Zarco a long-lap penalty during tonight’s race at Brno.
“That’s discrasful [sic] MotoGP,” Stoner said in a tweet.
“Zarco did nothing wrong, if you run wide you cannot expect to cut back to the curb without anyone being there. Terrible call from the officials.”
— Casey Stoner (@Official_CS27) August 9, 2020
The incident in question involved KTM rider Pol Espargaro, who crashed out following contact with Zarco, denying him a podium chance. Racing officials soon awarded Zarco a long-lap penalty for ‘Irresponsible Riding’.
Zarco managed the long-lap penalty rather masterfully, and went on to secure a third place finish behind Franco Morbidelli and race-winner Brad Binder.
Championship leader Fabio Quartararo struggled to maintain grip throughout the race, finishing seventh overall.
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