“He lost all the credit that we gave to him,” Johann Zarco blames Takaaki Nakagami for the accident at the Catalan GP


“He lost all the credit that we gave to him,” Johann Zarco blames Takaaki Nakagami for the accident at the Catalan GP

Johann Zarco, Takaki Nakagami and Fransesco Bagnaia

Johann Zarco was lucky to escape the chaos that occurred due to Takaaki Nakagami’s accident going into the first corner at the Catalan GP. The Japanese rider had made brilliant start to the Grand Prix but completely lost the front as broke into turn 1 and wiped out Alex Rins and Fransesco Bagnaia in the process. This was termed as a racing incident by the stewards and therefore no penalty was handed out to Nakagami.

This crash could have major implications as we go step into the business end of the season. Fransesco Bagnaia and Enea Bastianini along with Aleix Espargaro have been a threat to Fabio Quartararo from the get go. With Fransesco Bagnaia and Enea Bastianini crashing out of the race and Aleix Espargaro making that embarrassing mistake on the last lap of the race, we’ll have to say that it’s Fabio Quartararo’s championship to lose.

While most of the riders have been on Takaaki Nakagami’s side and have agreed with racing direction regarding this being a racing incident, there have been certain riders who have held a different view of the incident. Johann Zarco has been one of them who has criticized Nakagami for his aggressive riding style and has held him responsible for the incident.

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Johann Zarco believes that Takaaki Nakagami should have been penalized for that incident into Turn 1

Johann Zarco
Johann Zarco

The Ducati rider was surprised to see that no penalties were handed out and did express his discontentment about the decision. He said, “In Mugello Rins asked for our opinion on the accident that they had together. “We almost all agreed that Nakagami made no mistake in Mugello and we were agreeing with the stewards.”

“Even though in some cases Nakagami can be quite aggressive overtaking, he was not making a huge mistake. But today he lost all the credit that we gave to him in the safety commission.”

“That’s a pity for him because now – I don’t know what they’re going to say, but he has lost all his credit and that’s a pity for him,” as reported by crash.

We all want to see fair racing but at the same time, we all want to see riders go for it when they see a gap. The stewards seem to be right in not handing out penalties as it doesn’t seem to be anyone’s faults in this case.

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