Monster Yamaha Tech3 star Johann Zarco delivered a stunning Qualifying performance today at the Jerez Circuit and was able to place the only Yamaha inside the top 3 for the Spanish Grand Prix. As the fast Frenchman secured the third spot with a superb lap towards the end of the short session, he’ll launch forward from the front row for the fourth time in as many races.
On the other side of the Monster Yamaha Tech3 garage, Hafizh Syahrin still struggled with the bruises he sustained in a bicycle crash on Monday, but gave his all to do the fastest lap during Q1 on his 24th birthday. The MotoGP rookie was riding through the pain barrier and will start the Spanish GP tomorrow at 14.00 local time from the eighth row of the ultra-competitive grid.
Position: 3rd - Time: 1'37.956 - Laps: 8
"I always ride at the maximum and I trust the bike, although FP4 was quite difficult today with used tyres, but the good thing is, if we struggle during the Free Practice we can prepare the race in a better way. Now in the heat I could not find the speed from yesterday, also this morning I was feeling good, but the temperatures make a huge difference. I have a decent feeling on the right side, so I tried to push hard. I’m really happy, it’s just coming and enjoy to be in the first row. I want to take this opportunity again to fight for the victory tomorrow."
Position: 22nd - Time: 1’39.135 - Laps: 8
"During the Qualifying, I tried my best with my pain and it was quite difficult to improve my lap time, but finally I put in all I have and in the end, we managed to get closer to the front. My position is pretty far, but we will see what happens tomorrow. I hope that I can keep up the pace for all 25 laps. You never know what can happen during the race. I will try my best and want to thank my team, because they always try something and find a great direction for me, which is positive. I’m also sorry a bit for them, because my body doesn’t feel so good, but I try to recover as fast as possible in order to be ready for the race."