Johann Zarco will start from 10th place in tomorrow’s GP of Spain

Johann Zarco, - Team JIR Moto2Johann Zarco will start from 10th place in tomorrow’s GP of Spain

The sun finally dried the circuit in Jerez de la Frontera for Moto2’s official qualifying. The rider of the JiR Team, the Frenchman Johann Zarco, after being right at the top in the three free practice sessions in the wet, also managed to get a good feeling for the dry track and ended his qualifying in 10th place with a time of 1m 43.959s, just less than a second from the ‘pole man’ Marc Marquez. Thus Zarco reaches his objective of a top-10 position, highlighting an improvement of feeling with his MotoBI, a crucial element considering the variable weather that is expected tomorrow. Johann is well supported by his team, which is good, as tomorrow the race will demand all riders to adapt quickly to the weather conditions and the team will work hard to give him the best available package.

I’m happy for how the session went and also for the 10th place. I’ve been at the top of standings in all the three free practice sessions taking advantage of the intense winter training I did, that gave me a better feeling with my machine in the wet. In the dry, just like in qualifying, we’re still a little behind, other competitors, who can already count on proven points of reference on the track that lets them be faster while I still need some more experience so I can push my limits further. If tomorrow the race will be dry we won’t make major changes on my MotoBI because I feel it is already comfortable enough, I need to work on my reference points on track to push harder. My objective is still to finish in the top ten, of course I will fight to arrive as far ahead as possible but I don’t want to be too aggressive and risk making mistakes. We need to proceed with our plan of making steady steps forward, always progressing. Being consistent is our main objective at this stage.

Qualifying classification:
1. Marc MARQUEZ – 1’43.005
2. Takaaki NAKAGAMI – 1’43.085 – 0.080
3. Pol ESPARGARO – 1’43.273 – 0.268
4. Thomas LUTHI – 1’43.310 – 0.305
5. Mika KALLIO – 1’43.367 – 0.362

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