Rossi goes to war with rookie Zarco

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Rossi’s race wasn’t com­pletely with­out drama on Sun­day, af­ter an in­ci­dent be­tween him and fel­low Yamaha rider Jo­hann Zarco left the pair in a feisty war of words af­ter the race.

Mak­ing an ad­mit­tedly ag­gres­sive over­tak­ing at­tempt on the fac­tory rider at turn three in the early stages of the race, rookie Zarco forced Rossi to sit up and run across the tar­mac run-off area – a move that the Ital­ian was quick to at­tack af­ter the race.

“He is al­ways very fast and he rides the bike very well – he has great po­ten­tial. But this is not Moto2, and if you want to over­take then you need to do it in an­other way. For me he has to stay a lit­tle more quiet!”

How­ever, never one to be bul­lied by his ri­vals, Zarco hit out af­ter the race him­self, be­liev­ing that he was well within his rights to make the sort of move that Rossi has been quick enough to dish out to other rid­ers in the past.

“It might not be Moto2 but it is Mo­togp, and that’s why I did the move! It was nec­es­sary to take the op­por­tu­nity to pass him, be­cause if I had doubted my­self maybe I would have crashed. He wasn’t so fast in cor­ner two, so I took the de­ci­sion to pass him and he was faster than me so it was on the limit – but the worst prob­lem is that we lost the con­tact with the Honda guys in front.”

All smiles, but the tension is build­ing

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