MotoGP: Zarco defends safety commission absence

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Johann Zarco has hit back at criticism that he does not attend the meetings MotoGP’s safety commission to say that he will only go if he feels he has something to say.

Held on the Friday evening of every race, the safety commission is a forum for riders to raise any issues they may have regarding safety in MotoGP, particularly at that weekend’s venue but also wider problems.

Zarco has come under fire for not regularly attending the meetings, but defends his decision not to go by saying he trusts those in charge. However, he has also suggested that another reason he might not go is due to frequent complaints about his riding.

“It’s personal choice,” he responded when asked why he doesn’t attend. “In my opinion, the race direction are good people. Speaking about safety, they can see many things and make it safe.

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“With the safety commission, if you have something to say you go and say it, but the safety commission is every weekend and for me it is already quite safe. If I have something to say, I will tell them, but when it is safe, I don’t need to go.

“If riders are complaining because I’m pushing or touching them, they are doing this at the safety commission but I am confident and I trust the people working for the race direction. They can analyse it, the good thing is I have raced here before so they can understand very well. When we are there, there are too many people speaking not only for safety, anyone can say their own problem and sometimes it is not speaking about safety, just what people feel and I feel good.”

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing