British GP sees the debut of both Team JiR riders at Silverstone

Johann Zarco : JIR Team : Moto2British GP

Silverstone awaits the JiR Moto2 Team with both its riders racing for the first time; Johann Zarco and the debut of Eric Granado. The pitbox will therefore be completed with the two working teams, with the objective to pursue the two different learning curves developed by the Team Principal Gianluca Montiron, two projects that are parallel in the mid-term but yet different in terms of characteristics and objectives.

So far Zarco’s side of the garage already has many positives from the first five races of the Moto2 World Championship, showing swift adaptation as he’s already an effective and fast rider on his MotoBI. It will be now important for him to continue the development process with this machine and being able to consolidate his consistent performances.

Granado, on his side, is a Moto2 World Championship debutant, but he has still run many, many kilometers on his MotoBI.

With Johann we will try to fight for the title of “Rookie of the Year” and to be consistently with the fastest pack of riders. I trust in the team and our rider’s capabilities for further progress and my benchmark in this, is to see how well the rider with whom he was fighting last year is doing. In the meantime, it is important for Johann to finish the races and gain experience in riding these machines.

This race will be the debut of Eric Granado, the challenge for him racing with the other riders will not be so easy, we will let him take to the track being aware that we have made good preparation for this moment, considering that between tests and races we covered a distance that is about one half of the total distance of the whole 17 GPs that you find in a season.

The presence of a Brazilian rider has to be considered a major event, after Alex Barros retired from the World Championship and I hope that this project could be a start-up to create a new generation of riders from the country. To me Brazil represents some excellent memories in the last GP ran in Rio in 2004 I stepped up onto the podium as a winner of the top class with Makoto Tamada. I hope this lets people understand the level of professionalism we have maintained across the years since then, as we are always looking for continued support to move forward with our plans for both this year and the future.

Following on from Catalunya I was initially not very happy, but I’ve been analyzing what happened. We must remember that for me to finish 11th and not be happy has shown how much we’ve improved. With the issues we have with the clutch at Catalunya, the MotoBI wasn’t feeling as good as it did in free practice where we were running in sixth. This information is always important to us, all feedback is. I enjoy the circuit of Silverstone whether it will be wet or dry!

My aim – as always – is to fight with the best riders in this class, and they are Andrea Iannone, Pol Espargaro, Thomas Luthi and Marc Marquez. These are the best and I want to have them in my sights all through the weekend and fight to be in the top five. We saw in Catalunya that you need to be consistent and be fast in practice, qualifying and warm-up to have a good race, as the gap between the top ten is so small. We are making good progress and will continue to work in this way with the team.

I have tried to prepare myself very intensively physically during these six months of preparation, the three steps I did in the CEV and some official IRTA training, I have learned a lot and I went through situations that are sure to serve me very in the World Championship because I know I have a team with much experience and that is helping me to evolve. So far I’ve suffered several crashes, the experience will teach me not to make those mistakes any more.

During these weeks that I stayed in Europe before going to England, I prepared really well and I hope to be 100% for the race, not only physically but also mentally. I’ve watched many videos and races from previous years, about the track at Silverstone, to analyze the details of the layout, because to me this is a new track. I will have to adapt very quickly, so I’m sure the videos will help me very much and, along with my team JiR, which has lots of information on the track, I believe that we will get good results as my experience with the bike and team evolves. My goal in this race, like in the other races too, is to develop and learn from the better riders who are more experienced than me, because I still have much to learn!

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