MotoGP of Catalonia: Johann Zarco: Nakagami has lost all the credit we gave him | MotoGP

After getting off to a brilliant start, Nakagami lost control of his Honda LCR under braking at turn one and wiped out Rins and championship contender Francesco Bagnaia.

In what was a hard impact when Nakagami’s head bounced off Bagnaia’s rear tire, Rins and the Ducati rider were left with nowhere to go.

After several laps had passed, race direction released information regarding the incident saying it was a “race incident” and that no penalty would be issued.

Martin challenges the MotoGP marshals!

However, Jorge Martin – who himself was penalized with a three-place grid penalty at Mugello – was forced out due to a movement by another driver and ended up in the tray at gravel before rejoining the circuit and being deemed to have hindered Maverick Vinales – believes that marshals need to be more objective and not favor certain riders.

Speaking after his podium finish in Catalunya, Martin said: “For me they have to be more objective. Not just towards certain riders [thy penalise]and some runners not [they don’t]. I was penalized for a stupidity at Mugello then I explained to them and it seems that they understood but they did nothing.

“Now we have a big crash which can be dangerous for a lot of people, not only for others but also for Nakagami in this case. But it looks like they haven’t done anything.

“They have to do the same with everyone. It seems like they have rules but it depends on the situation and they do different things for different riders. They have to be more objective and do the same with everyone .”

Nakagami ‘lost all the credit we gave him’, says Zarco

While Zarco took a slightly different approach to the incident, Prima Pramac Ducati rider also felt Nakagami was to blame.

“At Mugello, Rins asked our opinion about the accident they had together,” added Zarco. “We almost all agreed that Nakagami didn’t make any mistakes at Mugello and we agreed with the stewards that you can’t penalize Nakagami in this case.

“Even though in some cases Nakagami can be quite aggressive when overtaking, he wasn’t making a big mistake. But today he lost all the credit we gave him on the safety committee.

“It’s a shame for him because now – I don’t know what they’re going to say, but he’s lost all his credit and it’s a shame for him.”

Martin endowed with second place after Aleix Espargaro’s blunder

One of the shocks of Sunday’s Grand Prix was the howler from Espargaro. With the Aprilia rider in position to secure second place, Espargaro suddenly slowed down at the finish line as he believed the race was over.

However, there was still one round left.

Martin was so surprised that he thought Espargaro had blown his engine: “I thought he had broken the engine. I even closed [gas] in the straight line because I remember Pecco [Bagnaia] it broke at Jerez 2020 and I just closed because it was really hot and I just wanted to finish; I had a second at Zarco and said ‘ok, let’s just finish’ and got a podium.”