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Zarco: “We tried different setups and several tyres”

Zarco: “We tried different setups and several tyres”

A much needed confidence boost awaited Johann Zarco at the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix after a tough time in Australia.

Recently crowned Moto2™ World Champion Johann Zarco returned to the high level which saw him take the title with three rounds to spare after a torrid time at the Australian GP. Gone were Zarco’s issues with grip, the Ajo Motorsport rider ending Friday proceedings third fastest overall with a 2’07.738. This time saw him 0.285s shy of leader Tom Luthi (Derendinger Racing Interwetten) who looks set to be the Frenchman’s main rival in the Malaysian GP. Zarco was one of just five riders under the 2’08 barrier. The difficult conditions of Malaysia did not drastically hinder Zarco who performed well in the oppressive heat.

These results prove that Phillip Island was just an uncharacteristic blip in Zarco’s otherwise dominant season. With confidence restored, Zarco spent a large portion of Free Practice 2 exploring different setup and tyre options in preparation for Sunday’s race. This gave Zarco and his team a good amount of data and they feel they can be competitive in a variety of conditions. Securing a front row start, and potentially his eighth pole of the year, will be Zarco’s first major objective of the weekend.

Johann Zarco: “I am very happy with the first day. From the first session I had a good pace and I was first for much of the session. I felt comfortable on the bike. After a tough weekend in Australia, I feel good about having started this Grand Prix well. In the afternoon we continued to have a good pace and we tried different setups and several tyres. We have lots of information and are fast in different conditions. Now I have to physically prepare myself to be fit for qualifying and for Sunday, to be prepared to fight for victory."

Tags:
Moto2, 2015, SHELL MALAYSIA MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, FP2, Johann Zarco, Ajo Motorsport

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