Johann Zarco has been handed a grid position penalty for his crash with Pol Espargaro during FP3 at Mugello on Saturday morning. The incident saw Zarco enter the San Donato corner far too fast trying to overtake a group of riders on the inside. The Frenchman lost the front and crashed, wiping Espargaro out in the process. Zarco will be relegated 15 places on the starting grid for Sunday's Italian Grand Prix at Mugello. The penalty moves Zarco from 3rd on the grid down to 18th.
Below is the official FIM press release announcing the penalty:
2012 FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix
Gran Premio d'Italia TIM : Decision of the Race Direction
On Saturday 14 July 2012, the Race Direction decided to impose on rider Johann Zarco (FRA) a grid penalty of 15 positions for the race in Mugello on 15 July 2012 for riding in an irresponsible manner during the Moto2 free practice, causing danger to rider Pol Espargaro (ESP) which is an infringement to the article N. 1.21.2 of the 2012 FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix regulations.
No appeal was lodged.
The decision of the Race Direction is final.