Zarco looks for race setup for Sachsenring


Ajo Motorsport rider starts German Grand Prix weekend with seventh fastest time, sale in the season’s closest timesheets.

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Less than three tenths of a second was the difference between the entire Top10 in Moto2 on Friday, on the combined timesheets for the first day of the German Grand Prix. Johann Zarco completed the day with the seventh fastest time, setting his best lap in the first practice session. The Ajo Motorsport rider was satisfied with his work at a track where he has struggled on each previous visit.

Zarco started the ninth round of the year with a series of 14 consecutive laps. Looking for feeling with used tyres right from the early stages, the Frenchman steadily went about improving his times. A last lap of 1:25.176 at the checkered flag in the session put him at the head of the timesheets, until two rivals surpassed him by just over a tenth.

In the second session he was unable to lower his best morning lap. His 1:25.230 time placed him eighth, but with one of the fastest paces in the class. Zarco put in 17 laps in the 1:25 range, which will be a very important point for the race on Sunday. A red flag with only 6 minutes left broke up the end of the session. The Moto2 series leader contested the afternoon run mainly on worn tyres.

The Ajo Motorsport rider will tomorrow look for a third consecutive pole position from 3:05pm, when qualifying takes place for the German Grand Prix.

Results (Combined practice time FP1-FP2)
1. Sam Lowes (Speed Up) 1:25.027
2. Takaaki Nakagami (Kalex) 1:25.067 +0.040
3. Mika Kallio (Kalex) 1:25.069 +0.042
4. Dominique Aegerter (Kalex) 1:25.097 +0.070
5. Jonas Folger (Kalex) 1:25.104 +0.077
7. Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) 1:25.176 +0.149

 Johann Zarco,
“Things are ok. It’s not an easy circuit, every year I struggle a bit here and it’s hard to find a good pace on every lap, but this year I have more possibilities of seeing where I can go fast. In the morning I saw where my weak spots are, and I tried to work on them. Physically, it is a very demanding circuit because you are leaned over to the left –but I am ready to resist. The most important thing is enjoying yourself on the bike. We are going step-by-step, the feeling is coming and I am keeping smiling.”