Even Yamaha’s rookies rocket into top six
The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rookie duo of Johann Zarco and Jonas Folger showed again why they deserve to be in the premier GP by storming to a pair of impressive top-six finishes.
Coming home in fifth to help make amends for crashing out of the lead in Qatar last month, reigning Moto2 world champion Zarco says he still feels like he’s got a lot more potential as he learns to adapt to the bike.
“Starting from 14th was a new experience for me, but to control your bike as you overtake the others, to not touch them, it all helps. I took time to control that in Moto2, and I’m taking time to control it in Motogp as well.”
Folger finished one place behind in sixth and conceded that while he’s still got things to learn he’s also got a big target to aim for in the shape of his teammate: “I wasn’t as shy as I was in Qatar, and that helped me a lot. I’m feeling more confident now, and we have a direction to keep working in. The only problem was that Zarco was a little bit faster, and now we have to analyse why that was!”
Folger is targeting his team-mate