Johann Zarco: “Following Binder and Morbidelli improved my acceleration”

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Johann Zarco MotoGP
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The French driver was delighted with the pole position at this year’s Czech GP, his first after almost two years

Asked by the official MotoGP speaker, Johann said that he was bit surprised with his position and that he had much better grip with the second back tyre.

“ I’m so happy, and I can’t believe really that I’m on the Pole position here in Brno. We did a great work already from the Friday and overall with the new tyre, on one lap, I was able to improve a lot. We’ve made a progress since FP1, and worked so well in order to go straight to Q2 and hope for a good qualifying session. I was satisfied after FP3 because I made an incredible lap time that enabled me to go directly to Q2.

At the beginning of The qualifying session it was very hot and my bike was sliding a bit too much, so I was unable to set a good laptime. I was a bit worried, but on the second tyre, I finally managed a gap between me and other riders that I was following. It was a good group: Morbidelli, Valentino, Petrucci and Binder. I was just behind them and that way I could control my read grip better, and that also enabled me to improve acceleration and the lap time came.

I’m so happy, I must use this good position to start well tomorrow. The race pace is still not the best to hope for victory, but at least I will see a lot of things, and I’m still on the way to learn this bike and to improve myself, so I will do my best tomorrow to try control tires well, because I think there will be a lot of problems with those tyres lap by lap.”

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