Johann Zarco and Hafizh Syahrin performed well on day one at the Termas de Río Hondo Circuit, although some rain before FP2 this afternoon delivered tricky conditions at the partly resurfaced track.
Frenchman Zarco initiated the weekend with a considerable lap of 1’40.614 during the first session of the weekend, which secured him the fourth spot in the standings as the fastest Yamaha rider. However, the 27-year couldn’t lower his lap time this afternoon, but finished in 9th position, well placed to go straight to Q2 in case of rain on Saturday morning.
On the other side of the Monster Yamaha Tech3 garage, Syahrin opened his second MotoGP weekend impressively in 11th, less than half a second behind his teammate. Yet, he managed to stay close to the fastest, finishing Friday as the best rookie of the highly-competitive premier class field.
Position: 9th - Time: 1'40.614 - Laps: 37
"This Friday in Argentina was quite difficult and unfortunately, we were not able to improve during FP2, which is complicate. I had to fight a lot with the grip and with the bike and we couldn’t quickly find a good setup to make me feel comfortable. The most important thing was to be inside the top 10 in case of rain tomorrow morning, but if it’s dry, I really need to improve my pace and be more competitive. At the moment I don’t feel I can fight with the fastest guys, but we will work hard to make good progress on Saturday."
Position: 17th - Time: 1’41.094 - Laps: 24
"I felt really good in FP2, but also during the first session this morning. It took quite some time to clean the track, but overall, I just have some great sensations. In the afternoon, the conditions were really tricky. I was pushing a bit too much while trying to get straight into Q2. Finally, this lead into some mistakes, but in the end, I understood what I did wrong. The bike overall feels better and better for me. We’ll take a look at the data in order to improve further for tomorrow and I hope, that I can make one step forward."