Speedcorner.net – When Johann Zarco decided to move to the 2019 KTM factory team, Valentino Rossi was dragged into that problem. Valentino Rossi allegedly prevented Johann Zarco from continuing his career at Yamaha.
The news was conveyed by Johann Zarco’s manager, Laurent Fellon. Now Fellon is not with Johann Zarco as manager again, but is still be his racing coach.
Related to the news, the Tech3 team manager, Herve Poncharal turned out to defend Valentino Rossi. Herve Poncharal claimed to be very respectful of Vlentino Rossi and had known him quite well.
“I know him quite well because we worked together on Yamaha for years,” Herve Poncharal said as quoted by Speedcorner.net from Tuttomotoriweb.com.
According to Poncharal, Valentino Rossi is one of the very professional riders.
“I don’t feel that Valentino Rossi has done anything to stop us working together with Yamaha,” Poncharal said.
“He knew that when he wanted to bring his team to MotoGP with Yamaha, we would help him,” added the Tech3 boss.
But according to Poncharal it is not a problem at this time because Valentino Rossi is still happy with his team in Moto2 and Moto3.
“So, manager Zarco has misjudged Rossi, Valentino has never done anything wrong with Tech3,” he added.
According to Poncharal, if Laurent Fellon spoke directly with Rossi, then Fellon would change his judgment.