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Adding insult to injury for the factory Movistar Yamaha squad at the weekend was the satellite Monster Yamaha Tech 3 riders who finished in impressive positions, with Johann Zarco and Jonas Folger coming home in fifth and sixth.
Dicing with Jorge Lorenzo, Danilo Petrucci and Alvaro Bautista during the race, they left both Rossi and Viñales for dust. And despite the complaints of the factory pair about grip, Zarco claimed after the race that while it had been tricky it was far from impossible to ride.
“There wasn’t much grip on the track and the tyres dropped. However, this kind of situation is not a big disaster for me and when this happens, I seem to be able to have a better feeling than my opponents. Starting from 14th meant that the opening stage of the race was complicated and I had to fight - and it’s easy to touch other riders when it’s like this.
“I thought that I could catch the leading group during the race because they were not advancing, but I still couldn’t quite get to them because they were running the same pace as I was. The result is very good for what we need and although it was a difficult weekend, we finished well so this is really good motivation for the future.”
And one place behind him his teammate Folger was equally as positive, equalling his best ever result in the premiere class and admitting afterwards that he too had limited issues with grip.
“It was a very positive but tough weekend and I am so happy that we made a big step forward compared to the last few races. Finally, we made the progress that we wanted to which was to improve in the qualifying and at the beginning of the Grand Prix. However, unfortunately on the last lap Johann passed me! I was ahead of him for almost the entire race, but then he caught and overtook me. This was the only hard thing for me because I thought that I had him in my pocket.”
‘ There wasn’t much grip on the track, but this is not a big disaster for me’ JOHANN ZARCO
Zarco got ahead of his team-mate Folger in the closing stages