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12 days ago
By Monster Yamaha Tech 3

Zarco: "I had no fuel from Turn 11!"

Frenchman pushes it across the line in some last lap heroics

Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) was in P7 on the final lap of the Gran Premio Tribul Mastercard di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini when disaster struck - and he ran out of fuel. First feeling the issue at Turn 11 before the bike fully stopped tantalisingly close to the line, the Frenchman pushed it all the way to the flag - losing out on seventh but still taking home a point in P15.

Johann Zarco, P15: "For me the race was difficult, but I think it was difficult for all the riders. From the Warm Up I saw that I didn’t have a very strong pace, but at the beginning I felt like I had some control and I could see that the others were not much faster than me. I had to stay focused and I saw a few people like Crutchlow and Lorenzo crash, which could be dangerous for me in the Championship, so I thought that if these guys are crashing then it must be dangerous for all the riders.

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"The race was long and was getting less wet step-by-step; this gave me some confidence but not as much as I expected, so I still had to control a lot. In the end I was managing the gap with Redding until the last lap when I had no fuel from Turn 11, so I tried to go step-by-step and keep the fuel until the last corner, but the bike stopped and I had to push the bike on the straight. It was pretty long and when other riders overtook me I thought 'Ah, shame!', but I wanted to go to the end because this is the race mind-set. I took 15th position, so one point – it’s better than nothing.

"You are so disappointed. For me seventh place was still good, so you know that you will have to push and as few meters as possible, but the straight was really long today!"

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