Johann Zarco and Team JiR had a steady start to this weekend’s French Grand Prix – Johann’s home race.The 21-year-old rider spent both sessions getting to grips with his MotoBI and trying to find a riding style that works with both the bike and the track.Despite a small crash today, the Frenchman is confident he can make big improvements in time for tomorrow’s qualifying session.
Final position: 19th
Best lap: 1m 42.669s
During first practice I was not comfortable on my bike, but I know my MotoBI is going well so I need to find a good riding style for this track, but it is not easy. In the afternoon I was ready to go faster, but since Portugal it’s harder to follow someone as they’re now worried about me as they know if I do follow them I can be fast! I saw Marc Marquez in front of me and wanted to follow him, but when I went inside on a corner to overtake another rider this guy touched me and we both crashed, so I lost some time in the pits. The team did a great job of repairing my MotoBI and late in the session the feeling with the bike was better and I was improving quite well, I think it would have been possible to be under the 39s
bracket but then some rain came and I shut the throttle and was careful. In the last few laps I could push but it took time to warm-up the tyres and I could not improve. The positives are that I know it is possible to do better and I want to improve tomorrow – I’m sure I can do it. It’s a technical track and if you can ride it well, you will be fast. That is what I’m looking for tomorrow.
Top five classification after free practice:
1. Scott REDDING – 1’37.869
2. Thomas LUTHI – 1’37.947 – 0.078
3. Simone CORSI – 1’38.364 – 0.495
4. Mikka KALLIO – 1’38.394 – 0.525
5. Marc MARQUEZ – 1’38.486 – 0.617
19. Johann ZARCO – 1’39.203 – 1.334
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Today saw Team JiR rider Johann Zarco make a strong qualifying performance on his MotoBI machine so he will start the French Grand Prix from eighth place on the grid. Weather did affect the proceedings a little, so it was important for Johann to secure a good time early on, in case the rain would...
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