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By Monster Yamaha Tech 3

Folger and Zarco off to a flier

Rookies impress at the Valencia test

Jonas Folger and Johann Zarco impressed on their debut for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3, as the rookie proved the class of the four debutants in MotoGP™ and finished the test in P10 and P11 respectively.

Dueling for supremacy throughout the test days, Folger put in 63 laps on day two and reigning Moto2™ Champion Zarco 61 – with laptimes around a second down on P1 pace set by Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and only 0.067 separating the two.

Jonas Folger (P10, day two): "Overall, it was a very successful time for us and we can leave feeling happy about what we achieved. The plan was to carry on from where we finished yesterday which meant that I continued to work a lot on my riding style. We completed many laps and it was a long day but we collected a large quantity of data, which we needed to gather. Also, the Tech3 team and I started to alter the bike slightly to see which direction that we could possibly head towards in the future. I still need to adjust my riding style with regards to running the worn tyres, but on the whole, it was a positive day and I was able to round it off by setting a good lap time. Thanks to the crew for their efforts and I look forward to getting back on my Yamaha in the future."

Johann Zarco (P11, day two): "Today was really positive and I am truly satisfied about the work that we undertook. As soon as we started this morning, I was able to run at a similar pace to yesterday, where I was pushing, so it was good to have a bike that I was comfortable with and that I could be fast on straight away. Every time that I left the pit box, I was stronger and I improved my lap times quite consistently. The Tech3 team did a super job and I was able to adapt my riding style more to suit the Yamaha. I am feeling more confident on the M1 which I am really happy about and a 1’31.0 lap is a great target to achieve, plus I was only one second from the front which is very pleasing and a solid way to close the test."

Rookies in full swing as testing gets under way