Folger surges to third on day 2 in Qatar - Another positive and confident display from Zarco

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The 2017 Monster Yamaha Tech3 pair continued their relentless work under the floodlights as they hammered home two notable results on the second day of action at the Losail International Circuit. Jonas Folger produced another deeply impressive performance to finish in third position, which completed an all-Yamaha top three with the rapid rookie joining the two Factory Yamaha riders under the 1’54 mark today. Whilst double Moto2 World Champion Johann Zarco concluded another highly constructive day where he built up his speed before finishing in 10th and just 0.158 behind Marc Marquez. Both riders will aim to end the test by producing two positive performances tomorrow with the 2017 MotoGP season just 11 days away.

Jonas Folger

Position: 3rd - Time : 1'54.917 - Laps: 41Jonas Folger - 2017

"It was another good day and I am very happy because we made constant steps forward and even if they are small, we always seem to be making progress. When we started, the team and I confirmed some settings, which we needed to look at, and this improved things with the bike. I then ran a half race simulation for 12 laps at the end of the session in order to raise my confidence a bit when the bike has a full tank of fuel and this was important to do after the fall that I had at the Phillip Island test. All in all, the simulation itself went well and I was able to run quick and consistent times at the end of it. Therefore, we can be very pleased with what we accomplished and I want to thank the team for their efforts today, they are all doing a really good job and I am enjoying riding the Yamaha."

Johann Zarco

 Position: 10th - Time: 1'55.354 - Laps: 45

Johann Zarco - 2017"The second day here was interesting but positive overall. Once again, I worked on the Yamaha as well as myself but things went better than yesterday because I felt more comfortable which allowed me to ride faster and more consistent lap times, and that is encouraging. Step by step I can improve and I understand how I can achieve this. This is important and I know now that in order to ride a fast lap, I need to be able to make the most of the tyre on the opening laps. Sometimes, I don’t always do this and although I feel good after the tyre has completed a bit of distance, I know that I need to push as soon as I get out on the track. Therefore, if we work well tomorrow and if I can make a quick lap at the beginning when the tyres are fresh, then I am certain that I can finish the third and final day in a very positive way."

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