Johann Zarco and Jonas Folger completed a successful and confidence boosting test today where the hard working pair attained some constructive results that leaves them upbeat for the future Grand Prix’s. Both riders experimented with various setup options and settings as well as the new Michelin front tyre. Johann Zarco completed the day in 9th whilst Jonas Folger finished 0.269 behind his teammate. Today’s findings leave the impressive premier class rookies fully primed for the Monster Yamaha Tech3 team’s home Grand Prix at Le Mans in a fortnight.


Johann ZARCO
Position: 9th - Time: 1'39.528 - Laps:
42


Johann ZARCO - 2017"After the great race yesterday, it was good to get back on the bike again and work with the team. In the GP, I wasn’t able to keep up with Lorenzo and he could exit the corners better than me. Improving this was our main focus today and we advanced, as my feeling is better. It was quite hot and windy so the conditions were similar to yesterday, which was useful. Overall, we tested a combination of various factors, because, as I said, I wanted to work on the exit drive in the corner, more than the entry, and I want to understand the electronics, chassis and suspension as much as possible. I still need the experience and I have to grow with all of the elements in my hands so that step by step I can understand this awesome Yamaha bike more. As for the Michelin front tyre, it was good to try it, and I was almost doing the same lap times as yesterday so it was perhaps better. However, I don’t have enough experience to comment fully about it. Overall, what we achieved today was beneficial and in the similar conditions to yesterday, I improved my pace and I was faster. So I can be positive for the upcoming races and for my home Grand Prix at Le Mans."


Jonas FOLGER
Position: 14th - Time: 1'39.797 - Laps: 39


 

Jonas FOLGER - 2017“We achieved some solid results today and improved in several key areas so we are all really happy. It was a hot day, and the conditions were similar to when we raced which was great because we could directly compare what we found today to yesterday. We tried to find a better balance in order to use the front tyre more effectively and we also worked to find additional traction on the rear, which meant that I had to adjust how I ride the bike. I can exit the corner well so I experimented with changing my riding style to get more grip and I tried a different method which was entering the corner faster and exiting slower. This will be useful when the tyres and the traction start to drop in a race. It took us a while to get the feeling and we had to adjust the bike a bit, but we found our way and the results were positive and valuable for the future. With regards to the new tyre, it’s a very good step, and I have heard good things from the Yamaha riders. I was impressed by the tyre itself, which was really stable, especially during braking and I gained a lot of confidence with it. We made some important steps forward so all in all we are very happy and I look forward to the next race at Le Mans.”

Johann Zarco completed a highly impressive rout at the 3000th Motorcycle Grand Prix event today, whereby he finished as the leading Yamaha rider, the top independent competitor and the fastest rookie. The high-flying rookie undertook a memorable charge forward in the opening stages of the race to move up from 6th on the grid to second by the close of the fourth lap. He maintained his consistency before eventually meeting the chequered flag in 4th. Meanwhile, Jonas Folger clinched his third top ten finish of the year as he impressively recovered from slipping back to 14th in the opening part of the Spanish GP. With seven laps remaining, he powered past Valentino Rossi and opened a comfortable gap before speeding across the finish line in 8th.


Johann ZARCO
Position: 4th - Championship:
6th - Points: 35


Johann ZARCO - 2017"I feel so happy about our performance today. Jerez is a complicated track and all of the riders were really close in qualifying so it has been a challenge here. At the beginning of the race, my feeling was great and I felt very comfortable, plus I had the confidence. I was able to overtake some of the top guys and then when I was second, I still felt good. However, I almost crashed twice, which allowed Marc to overtake me and from that moment I was wondering what would happen. I could not push anymore on the front because I was really on the limit and so I wasn’t able to follow the top two riders. I remained in third for a long time, but when Jorge overtook me, I was thinking that I could manage the gap, yet he was more consistent than me in the last eight laps. The target is to be on the podium or as close as possible to it, so we did the job today. I am happy and now I will take a good rest so that I can be strong again for my home race in two weeks. I am positive about going to Le Mans and this is perhaps why I am thinking that everything is going well now, so maybe the most difficult time is yet to come. The best way to control the pressure that I will feel in France is to enjoy every moment, live in the present and appreciate our work."


Jonas FOLGER
Position: 8th - Championship: 8th - Points: 29


 

Jonas FOLGER - 2017"I am pleased with the result today and we collected some important points for the championship. I still need to keep improving, but especially on the opening lap. I made too many mistakes today when we got going, but in the race, when the tyres dropped, my pace was similar to Maverick and Johann and I made up a lot of ground. This seems to be the case so far in my rookie season, but I need to work on myself and analyse the Grand Prix to see what I can do differently so that I don’t lose as many positions in the first five or six laps. It was my fourth point scoring finish this year, which I am happy about, and I hope to make a step up at the next round which will be special as it’s the team’s home race in Le Mans."


Hervé PONCHARAL
Team Manager


 

"It was an unbelievably exciting GP for the Monster Yamaha Tech3 team. We knew that a good race was possible but the temperature was very high and this circuit gets tricky with the grip when it’s this hot and so the tyres played a big part. At the start, Johann made some really good overtakes to get up to second, and we couldn’t believe how well he was doing, just like in the previous three Grand Prix’s! I thought that he was taking advantage of the softer front than the factory guys and that this would change at the half race distance. Yet, he never slowed down and the tyres were consistent until the finish. I’m sure that he could have made a move on Jorge at the end, but the gap to Dovizioso behind him was increasing all the time, so he wisely decided to bring the bike home and get the points. He was the fastest Yamaha rider and I am honoured that these points will be added to the Yamaha tally in the constructor's championship. I must admit that Johann doesn’t seem to be behaving like a rookie as he was with Marquez, Pedrosa and Lorenzo and he didn’t seem to be struggling to keep up with them at all! This is happening at the best moment because the next round is his home race in Le Mans and I’m sure that everyone will be coming to support Johann and Tech3 there. On the other side of the garage, Jonas Folger produced an incredible ride as well. He was a bit more cautious in the opening laps but then he showed great determination and ran similar lap times to his teammate. Eventually, he caught the group in front of him where Valentino was, and he passed him cleanly before opening up a gap and then meeting the flag in 8th, which is a great team result. Jonas spent a lot of time on his own but the lap times were certainly impressive and just like Johann, he is learning a lot and we are very happy with our two guys. There is a test tomorrow where hopefully both of them will learn more about how to setup and understand their MotoGP bikes. We are a really pleased team and I must say thank you to Yamaha for their superb support and thanks to our riders who both did very well."

The Monster Yamaha Tech3 team riders concluded their Jerez qualifying campaigns notably by clinching second and third row starts for the headline event tomorrow. Johann Zarco delivered another impressive charge as he seized his third top six qualifying result of the year. The rapid French rider built up to QP2 by powering to 2nd in FP4, and he then wrapped up the 15-minute shootout with a lap that was just 0.184 back from the Championship leader Maverick Viñales. Meanwhile, Jonas Folger will begin the fourth round from one row behind his teammate after producing another mature and strong performance in Q2. The rapid rookie finished only 0.247 behind his teammate and tomorrow he intends to come out on top in the independent rider fight.


Johann ZARCO
Position: 6th - Time: 1'38.861 - Laps: 8


 

Johann ZARCO - 2017"I am very happy with how today went and also with the work that we undertook. This morning I was confident that I could improve on yesterday’s time, even though everyone was quite fast. However, I pushed and eventually I was able to seal my place in QP2. Here, we used the soft tyre, which was the same as all of the other riders I think, but the weather was hot which made it tricky to be fast due to the grip. Nevertheless, the team and I did a good job and I improved my time on both tyres. Finally, 6th on the grid is perfect for tomorrow and I aim to enjoy the race but stay focused and be strong at the beginning so that I can follow the leading riders. Then I will push until the end in order to take home a lot of points."


Jonas FOLGER
Position: 9th - Time: 1'39.108 - Laps: 8


 

Jonas FOLGER - 2017"Overall, I am quite pleased with the qualifying result as well as with my final time. It was very close throughout the day with the other riders, and it was also a bit of a challenge as a few issues came up. Yet, we did some solid work to find the right balance today and in the end, we found a good way. This was especially true in FP4 where we used the medium compound, which is the race tyre, and a full tank of fuel, so I was confident and consistent. In QP2, with the soft tyres and low fuel, I was not quite able to find those extra two-tenths, but anyway, we can be happy with 9th on the grid. Tomorrow is the big day, and it will be a tight race, but I think that we have a positive pace and therefore a good chance."

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