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Zarco: “I crashed on my first run”

Zarco: “I crashed on my first run”

Johann Zarco completed 53 laps on Monday at Jerez as part of a rain-affected private test, despite crashing on just his fourth lap.

Johann Zarco and the Ajo Motorsport team made the trip to southern Spain this week, for the second preseason test of 2016. The two-day test initially planned was reduced to a single day on track, owing to heavy rain and strong winds on Sunday. Heavy gusts of up to 70km/h made riding unwise on day one.

The Ajo Motorsport rider took advantage of the improving weather to continue adapting to his 2016 Kalex. Despite conditions that were still far from ideal, due to a cold and slippery track surface, Zarco emerged from the garage at just past midday. A crash on his fourth lap saw him return to the pits, where he stayed until going back out at 3pm and finally completing 53 laps.

Reigning Moto2™ World Champion will be hoping for more favourable meteorological conditions on his next visit to Jerez, where the Official Test takes place from March 2nd-4th.

Johann Zarco: “In the end we only had one day of testing here at Jerez, due to the rain. Today the conditions were not very good and I crashed on my first run. I need to find new references, but it was difficult to ride so slowly and when you want to go too fast you have the risk of a crash. Luckily the bike was not damaged and the team did a good job repairing it. In the afternoon I was able to do some laps but it was hard to feel good, because the wind was very strong and the references for the track were quite different to normal. It is better that we have this now, because it means we are more prepared for the Spanish Grand Prix and the somewhat special conditions here. We’ll be back here again in a few weeks to continue working at the Official test.”

Moto2, 2016, Johann Zarco, Ajo Motorsport

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