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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

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