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By Monster Yamaha Tech 3

Fast five: Zarco fourth after FP3

Reigning Moto2™ Champion blazes up the timesheets

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider Johann Zarco bit back in the rookie war with teammate Jonas Folger on Friday, as the Frenchman shot up the timesheets to finish P4 on the overall ahead of Q2. Steady progress has been the calling card for the backflipping intermediate class Champion so far in MotoGP™, with increased confidence on Friday reflected well in the standings.

Johann Zarco, P4: "I am very happy with our performance today. The work that the team and I did was really good and going straight through to QP2, and being ready for it, is important for many reasons, but also because we can save some tyres. In all honestly, I was not completely confident on the first day due to the track conditions, even though my position was positive. However, today my confidence increased and I was a bit lucky because in the final session, whilst I was using the soft tyres, I followed Maverick and I learnt a lot from him, plus I improved my lap time. It was a job well done for today and now I will keep focused for the qualifying. Additionally, I will prepare for the race as much as possible because I think that if I am strong for 22 laps, then I can finish with a big smile on my face on Sunday."

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