With high motivation Johann Zarco initiated his and the Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team’s home Grand Prix at the Bugatti Circuit in Le Mans in great form. The French star pleased his numerous fans with the fifth fastest time in FP1 and FP2 on Friday as the best independent team rider of the MotoGP World Championship.
Meanwhile, Hafizh Syahrin was learning the French track on the big machine in the course of the first day of action and improved impressively with each run to eventually finish in P19, just 1.499 seconds off the top. Both, Syahrin and Zarco are thrilled about the support of the French crowd and can’t wait to be back on track tomorrow morning at 9.55 local time for the third Free Practice of the fifth round in 2018.
Position: 5th - Time: 1'32'279 - Laps: 40
"This was a good first day here in France, the weather was really nice, although it was a long time ago, that we had such fresh condition, which were even there with the sun. Therefore, I needed to take care with the tyres, because you feel that you have less grip, but the Yamaha is usually working well here and my feeling was coming good quickly. We did a solid job trough out the day. In the afternoon we were competitive but were still missing something. We hope to have good conditions tomorrow again to find this step, which will for sure help me a lot and then I think, we will be able to be fast on every lap."
Position: 19th - Time: 1'33'667 - Laps: 40
"We’ve done the first day in a good way, also my confidence is coming back after the crash from Texas and also the condition of my body is a lot better like in the beginning of the season. Now I try to find some extra confidence on the brakes, because I always have a strange feeling at the exit of the first corner and I don’t know why. But step by step we are getting closer and we’re also not far from the best rookie and I think I just need to do more laps, trying to understand the bike better and change my riding style a bit. On the M1 we did just small things with the setup, so it’s up to me now to find a good compromise with my riding while getting used to the bike more and more."