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12 days ago
By motogp.com

Zarco looking to close in on the podium

French superstar rookie wants to go two better next time out

After leading in Qatar and then taking two top fives in Argentina and Texas - including some incredible duels - Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rookie Johann Zarco is heading to Jerez with an open mind - and one eye on the podium. A top five last year in Moto2™ and a podium the year before should prove a good prelude.

With the best points total for a Yamaha rookie after the first three races since 2008, Zarco also took on Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) last time out - so he's certainly on a roll, and looking to keep it going.

Johann Zarco: "The Jerez round marks the beginning of the European races and it certainly will be interesting for us because the first three Grands Prix took place at very big and long circuits in Qatar, Argentina and Texas. The Spanish circuit is much shorter and tighter so I am curious to see how I will control the bike at this venue. After the great feeling in Texas and the solid fight to 5th position, I want to keep pushing and get as close as possible to the podium. By the end of the last race, I was not far from the top three so I will keep working hard in order to reach this target. In Andalucía, the weather should be clear and hot, but there is always the threat of rain, which we must be wary of. Lets see what happens with the conditions but I will go to this Grand Prix with an open mind and I will do my best to score a strong result again."