17 August 2020 02:31
The Daily Star's FREE newsletter is spectacular! Sign up today for the best stories straight to your inbox Sign up today! Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Invalid Email Valentino Rossi has revealed he told Johann Zarco to not be so risky following a crash at the Austrian MotoGP. Zarco collided with Franco Morbidelli at close to 200mph with Zarco's bike narrowly missing Rossi and Yamaha team-mate Maverick Vinales. The bike somehow went between Rossi and Vinales when any impact would have surely caused serious injury.
The crash came on turn three of the ninth lap with Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso winning when the race resumed after a 20-minute pause. And Rossi spoke about the dangers that aggressive riding brings, saying he spoke to Zarco following the race. Rossi said: "Everyone has to pray to whoever they pray to today. It was very dangerous and I was very, very scared. "For me, now everybody is very aggressive but also from the small classes. I can understand because you play a lot. But for me it's important that we don't exaggerate [the aggression]. "You need to respect the other riders that are on track with you, because we can't forget this sport is very dangerous – especially in a track where you have long straights and you always go 300km/h. "What I said is that also from the small classes, you have a lot of riders who close the door when braking. "Zarco is very wide and braking in the face of Franco, maybe to not let Franco overtake in braking. "But it was too close, and when we are at 300km/h we have a lot of slipstream and Franco had no chance to brake. "We risk a lot, especially me and Maverick. This could have been a potential disaster. "I spoke to Zarco, I said this to him, and he said he didn't do it purposely. "But anyway, aggressive is good, but braking in the face of other riders especially at 300km/h is a potential disaster." Both Zarco and Morbidelli escaped without serious injuries with Zarco saying: "I'm okay. I've got some burns here [on my arm], and my hips and leg. We had a really big scare. "I have seen Morbidelli also and we were both sorry about what's happened. It was a racing incident that is sometimes difficult to avoid at this speed. Also, our bikes didn't touch anyone, so very lucky today. "All is fine, just need to analyse everything well and work for next week. I will be fit to race. Thank you for all your support."