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Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) was beaten to the title of top rookie on the first day of testing at Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia, but the double Moto2™ World Champion hit back on Day 2 to prove both fastest rookie and a top five contender after a stunning day of track time. Ending the session in fifth after 50 laps, the Frenchman also led the way for a brief time as the track was drying – the first time he has done so in the premier class.
Teammate Folger, who was P7 on Day 1, ended Day 2 in ninth.
Zarco: "I'm really happy with the work"
Johann Zarco, P5: “Today was positive and I am happy about what the Tech3 team and I achieved together. It took a long time for the track to dry this morning and so to feel comfortable on the bike, I started the day on rain tyres. Just like yesterday, it was useful to get some additional valuable experience in the wet and to gain more knowledge of the YZR-M1 in these conditions, plus I understood the grip levels well. The team and I did some really good work today and when we started to use the slicks, I felt confident and I was able to ride consistently. We put in the new tyre and every lap, I improved my personal best and also myself. It was a solid second day, but I still think that I need time and there are many things to control, yet, this will come with experience.”