Johann Zarco and Team JiR ninth in Estoril free practice

Johann Zarco and Team JiRFresh from his impressive ride to 10th place at Jerez, it was back to work today for French rider Johann Zarco and his team as they took to the track for the third round of the Moto2 World Championship.

The Estoril track in Portugal is the location for round three, and the 21-year-old enjoyed a positive first two sessions on track, finishing the day happy with his progress on his MotoBI. Johann is in ninth place overall, less than a second down on Scott Redding who was the fastest today.

Tonight, both rider and team will analyse the data from today’s time on track to try and make improvements to the machine in time for tomorrow afternoon’s qualifying session.

Final position: 9th

Best lap: 1m 42.669s

Finishing ninth today has made me quite happy. In the first free practice session things were going well and the bike felt quite good. It’s a new track for us as I’ve not been on the Estoril circuit on my MotoBI before, so I think it’s down to me to improve and make up some time as I get used to riding the four-stroke on this circuit. So far, things are going well as I was pretty consistent in the last few laps on the bike in that final session.

Before tomorrow we now need to sit down with the team and analyse the data from today to see how we can improve both the MotoBI and my riding of the track to get the best out of the bike. I am excited as we are not too far off the fastest time, but I need to be calm and just move forward patiently. We will keep an eye on the weather tomorrow but it should be sunny and dry as the weather seems to be getting better every day. We have two tyre choices for the rear which felt similar today, so I need to try these again to see which is best, but overall the bike has good balance so I’m happy.

Top five classification after free practice:
1. Scott REDDING – 1’41.775
2. Marc MARQUEZ – 1’41.978 – 0.203
3. Thomas LUTHI – 1’42.176 – 0.401
4. Toni ELIAS – 1’42.365 – 0.452
5. Pol ESPARGARO – 1’42.365 – 0.590

9. Johann ZARCO – 1’42.669 – 0.894

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