Zarco Clinches Second Row start in Austria – Syahrin Primed to Fight

Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Johann Zarco produced a superbly calculated ride to qualify in sixth position for tomorrow’s Austrian GP. After collecting useful data in partly wet and partly dry conditions this morning, he went 0.880 seconds faster than yesterday during an impressive Qualifying 2 to secure ensure the best Yamaha spot of the highly competitive premier class.

In mixed conditions Hafizh Syahrin showed his huge talent in FP3 this morning by blasting to ninth position. Following an important fourth Free Practice, the sun was out again above the Austrian venue and the Malaysian rookie performed well in Qualifying to improve on his fastest lap time from Friday morning by 0.760 seconds. Therefore, Syahrin is set to start the 11th race of his MotoGP career tomorrow at 14.00 local time from the sixth row of the grid.

Johann Zarco

Position: 6th – Time: 1’23.887 – Laps: 9

“This morning we had half and half conditions again, so it was not possible to improve the lap time. FP4 has already been in the dry and I was happy to ride well. My lap time was coming quite good, although I struggled a bit with the acceleration. Overall, the bike gave me a good feeling and the Qualifying was pretty interesting. I believed I can do a fantastic lap time, but I did all and I’m in sixth position. It’s complicate to fight against these fast bikes, but I try to manage. I must be happy about this and use this opportunity to start well, do the best as possible at the beginning of the race to be close to the podium and after half the race we will see how good the others are.”

Hafizh Syahrin

Position: 18th – Time: 1’24.834 – Laps: 9

“We are a little bit behind in 18thposition, but it has not been easy for me to find a good feeling at this track in the course of this weekend, especially with the changing conditions. I have a lot of spinning on the rear and I tried to find the required grip and a decent rhythm. To be honest, it was quite tough, but gradually we understand where we have to work on. I hope that we can make another step forward in the Warm Up tomorrow morning.”

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