Monster Yamaha Tech3 team rider Johann Zarco will begin the highly anticipated British Grand Prix from the third row of the grid. The rapid French rider stormed to the top of FP3 in the mixed conditions and his result of 7th in the combined standings put him through to Q2. He met the chequered flag in 8th and only 0.050 back from the second row and now he determinedly eyes up the battle tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Jonas Folger will begin his fight from the head of the fourth row of the grid. The young German bounced back from an illness yesterday to finish this mornings FP3 session in 3rd, but 13th overall, which saw him contest in Q1. Here he powered to 2nd and passed through to Qualifying 2, where he gave his all before finishing with the 10th best time. The race will begin at 15:30 local time and both riders will be aiming to close the weekend with two top tier results.
Position: 8th – Time: 2’00.622 – Laps: 7
“Overall I am pleased with my starting position for the British Grand Prix. In FP3 we made a good step with the bike and compared to yesterday, I felt much better. To be honest, this morning I didn’t expect to improve on my lap but I managed to do this which was very positive. Then in Free Practice 4, I ran a solid rhythm and the times were more than satisfying, but it is difficult to keep the pace for the entire race distance at this circuit. Therefore, I think that this will be the biggest challenge, but I will fight. Anyway, because FP3 went well, I felt confident to push in qualifying and I rode some good times. It’s a shame that on the last lap I just missed out on the second row, which I think was certainly achievable. However to start from 8th is not a drama and it’s actually positive, as I feel comfortable on the bike and I will push. Tomorrow, I aim to wake up well and then stay relaxed because this will be key for the afternoon.”
Position: 10th – Time: 2’00.829 – Laps: 7
“I am really happy because we made a big improvement on the bike and I made a good step forward with myself. Yesterday was tough, but I felt much better today and we had a positive time in qualifying. We were able to try a different setting which made the Yamaha more stable on the exit and calmer overall. In addition, I was able to get out of Q1 which was very positive because it is never easy to do this. The team and I can be pleased as we did a great job but I think that we still have some room to improve, especially with regards to the front of the bike. We will analyse everything now, but for today, we went about things in the right way. Thanks to the team who worked really well and I’m sure that we can make another solid step tomorrow.”