Rossi goes to war with rookie Zarco
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