Rossi gets Zarco’d again

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Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rookie Jo­hann Zarco has run foul of fel­low Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi for the sec­ond time this sea­son after the pair tan­gled dur­ing the open­ing laps of Sun­day’s race.

The first con­tact was dur­ing a sim­i­lar in­ci­dent at the Cir­cuit of the Amer­i­cas in only Zarco’s sec­ond race. This time an over­take on Rossi re­sulted in con­tact be­tween the pair – and Rossi was less than com­pli­men­tary after the race.

He said: “I’m start­ing to think that he isn’t a bad guy, but that he just doesn’t un­der­stand the size of the gap be­tween bikes! Like in Austin, he tried some­thing im­pos­si­ble, be­cause I didn’t go too wide, I just rode my nor­mal line. You have to take into ac­count the other’s line when you try to over­take. He’s ag­gres­sive, but this is Mo­togp and ev­ery­one has to be ag­gres­sive!”

While down­play­ing the in­ci­dent af­ter­wards, French­man Zarco ad­mit­ted that he went from hero to zero in only a few laps dur­ing Sun­day’s Dutch TT, lead­ing from his pole po­si­tion and set­ting the pace for the open­ing 11 laps be­fore de­te­ri­o­rat­ing con­di­tions forced him to back off.

“I was ner­vous about crash­ing be­cause we are on the limit any­way but when we see rain, it can be scary. I could not push any­more with the slick tyres, so I took the de­ci­sion to swap bikes. In the end, it didn’t rain enough to make a dif­fer­ence.”

If the vic­to­ries keep com­ing Rossi will have to bring back his fa­mous cel­e­bra­tions

Rossi salutes the faith­ful at the Assen cir­cuit Dis­as­ter was only just averted as Rossi and Zarco touched ‘What hap­pened?’ Viñales can’t ex­plain the crash

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