Morbidelli "has no respect for anybody" in MotoGP – Espargaro
During the third practice session on Saturday afternoon, Espargaro hit Morbidelli’s crash helmet after a collision at Turn 6. He received a six-place grid penalty and a €10,000 fine. Morbidelli strongly criticized Espargaro later that evening. Espargaro expressed his remorse for his behavior and admitted his mistake, but also claimed that Morbidelli has a history of being disrespectful on the track. He cited incidents in Malaysia and accused Morbidelli of impeding him three times during the weekend. In addition, Espargaro mentioned his anger towards Morbidelli for discussing his family and children in the press. Espargaro withdrew from the race due to a fractured leg, which caused a build-up of blood in the injury area and resulted in a lack of power and functionality.