Zarco Kicks off European Season Inside the Top 3 – Syahrin is Catching Up


The Monster Yamaha Tech3 Racing team is back on European soil this weekend for the Spanish Grand Prix, where Johann Zarcoopened up the competition in a very strong way. Following a solid morning session, he improved by nearly one second in FP2 to conclude Friday as the best Yamaha rider in a fabulous third position, just 0.091 seconds behind the top.

Meanwhile, Hafizh Syahringrit his teeth on the opening day at Jerez de la Frontera, after he crashed while cycling on Monday and initiated his fourth ever MotoGP weekend with some bruises. However, the Malaysian rookie lowered his lap time from the first to the second Free Practice by 1.586 seconds and is eager to further improve when the action continues at 9.55 local time with FP3 on Saturday.

Johann Zarco

Position: 3rd – Time: 1’38.705 – Laps: 38

“I’m pretty happy to be competitive without a test here. FP1 was quite ok and in FP2 we were working with the tyres. MY feeling was quite good and every time we tried something on the bike, we were improving, which makes me truly happy. Now we want to keep working that good to feel even more comfortable and play with the bike. I hope, that we’ll have good weather tomorrow, so we can improve and prepare the race as well as possible.”

Hafizh Syahrin

Position: 25th – Time: 1’40.488 – Laps: 32

“I feel very good with the bike, but my condition is not at 100 percent, because I still feel the pain on the left side of my upper leg, so I try to gain confidence on the M1 with this and also try to find a good position on it, as it disturbs me a little bit while controlling the power of the machine. Anyway, my sensations on the bike are very good, for the moment it’s only me, I need to be more prepared and try to rest a bit now in order to be able to give my best tomorrow again.”

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