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 fall heavier during the qualifying session. The 21-year-old found he could relax a little more on his MotoBI machine and get into a good rhythm around the 2.6-mile Le Mans circuit. He will now discuss potential set-up changes with the JiR team before tomorrow’s race.
Starting from pole position tomorrow, only one second faster than Johann, will be the Spaniard Marc Marquez who kept first place despite a crash with 25 minutes of the session still to go.
Final position: 8th
Best lap: 1m 38.752s
I’m quite happy with that, eighth is good and it is important for tomorrow. If we see how things have gone from free practice since yesterday I was always around 15th position and things weren’t coming easy for me. I was not so relaxed on my MotoBI, but this morning I was really calm and I finally started to treat this weekend as just another race, rather than the French Grand Prix. My trainer and manager, Laurent Fellon was out watching me on track and in today’s practice session he could see the bike was moving around a lot which wasn’t my fault. From this and information from our telemetry we made some changes to the settings to my MotoBI for qualifying which helped. When the qualifying session began I knew it was important to make a good time quickly, as it was raining a little. I managed to improve to seventh position but finished the session in eighth. Now we need to sit down and think about how to improve still further for tomorrow’s race, whatever the weather.
Top five classification after qualifying:
1. Marc MARQUEZ : 1’37.710
2. Thomas LUTHI : 1’37.739 – 0.029
3. Pol ESPARGARO : 1’38.190 – 0.480
4. Scott REDDING : 1’38.369 – 0.659
5. Andrea IANNONE : 1’38.399 – 0.689
8. Johann ZARCO : 1,38.752 – 1.042
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