WHY YAMAHAS WERE OUTGUNNED
Double Moto2 world champion turned Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rookie Johann Zarco came away with more major scalps to his name after he stormed to fourth place in Jerez.
Able to make a strong start and impressively dismiss Crutchlow, Iannone and the factory Yamahas of Rossi and Viñales in the space of a single lap, the Frenchman barely looked back as he stormed through the field – even if he made no friends in the process with the series of aggressive moves.
He said: “Fourth position is fantastic and the feeling from the start was great, so when I saw an opening I went for it. I even tried to follow Dani for the lead, but he was fast and I almost crashed twice, so when Marc didn’t wait and overtook me it was difficult to stay with him anymore.”
Yet despite an incredible start to the season that sees him sitting in sixth place in the championship standings even though he crashed out of the lead of the opening race of 2017 in Qatar,
Zarco says that he’s still learning plenty about Motogp every time he sits on the bike – and, worryingly for his rivals, believes he’ll only get stronger.
“The target is to be as close as possible to the podium and to eventually catch a few – and I thought for a long time during the race that I could be on the podium. I’m growing up with every race, everything is OK, and I just need to learn to rest up properly so that I can come back even stronger at every round.”
Zarco’s team-mate, Jonas Folger, made it a double celebration for the Tech3 team, finishing eighth.
I tried to follow Dani for the lead, but he was fast and I almost crashed JOHANN ZARCO