Following on from the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez, Team JiR and rider Johann Zarco are now travelling straight to the third round of the Moto2 World Championship at Estoril, Portugal. After his impressive ride to 10th place in Spain, the 21-year-old Frenchman is now raising the bar even higher, as he aims to finish further inside the top ten this weekend. Zarco has enjoyed some good results at the 2.6-mile Portuguese track, including a podium at last year’s 125cc race, as he battled his way to the runner-up spot in the championship.
We enjoyed a good result at Jerez, but over the winter we have spent a lot of time there, so for Estoril things could be very different. It is a new challenge, but we know we can improve the bike to Johann’s style and he is improving all the time. We have had positive feedback on the MotoBI from Johann and now I think he’s becoming more aggressive with the bike. I think in Portugal we may now try some different set-ups and geometry changes to see what suits him and his riding style. It’s all a part of making a step forward for Johann, making him more confident with the MotoBI.
At Jerez we hit our target of 10th position, but looking forward to Estoril, I think we must raise the target a little higher. To prepare for the weekend’s racing, I will be out on track from Thursday, on the scooter. This will help me a lot. At Jerez we have had many tests there and done many laps, but not so at Estoril. Even on a scooter you can check your lines and the more laps you do the more you’re learning the track, even at such a
slow speed. The more information you get about a track into your mind, the better and it will help me when I finally get onto my MotoBI to ride the track on Friday. Last year at Estoril was good for me as I had a big battle with Maverick Viñales and took a podium.
Also in my first year in 2009 I scored a 9th place finish so I have good memories there. It’s an interesting track with some hard braking points an uphill corner and a very long,
fast straight. I want to get there and see how my MotoBI feels and then myself and the team can try and improve over the weekend.
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