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Zarco set for surgery, will face stewards with Morbidelli

by Matt Beer
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Avintia Ducati rider Johann Zarco will undergo surgery on Wednesday morning in Italy to insert a pin into his broken right wrist, following Sunday’s horrendous crash at the Austrian Grand Prix.

The Frenchman is targeting a return to action this Friday at the second round of a double-header at the Red Bull Ring.

“It’s a classic procedure, with the placement of a screw to consolidate the broken bone,” Zarco told French newspaper L’Equipe.

“I will be back in Austria on Thursday morning for a medical check-up to see whether or not I am able to ride this weekend for the second race organized on the Red Bull Ring.”

He will face more than just medical checks when he returns to the Austrian circuit ahead of the weekend’s action, however, with both he and Franco Morbidelli set to appear in front of the FIM Stewards Panel to explain Sunday’s crash.

Johann Zarco Crash, 2020 Austrian Motogp

There is divided opinion so far about the causes, with many attributing it to a racing incident and Zarco adamant that he wasn’t far off his usual racing line despite being much wider than Morbidelli through the ultra-fast turn two.

However, Morbidelli took to social media yesterday to tell The Race that he believes that Zarco deserves punishment for the incident.

“We will talk about it on Thursday that’s for sure. I think that every time both riders crash it is a common habit to call it racing incident and situation solved… but this ‘racing incident’ happened at 310 km/h great luck we’re in one piece, but someone needs to pay the mistake.”

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