Important work in Jerez for Zarco to prepare for Spanish GP


Ajo Motorsport rider completes first day of Red Bull Grand Prix of Spain with seventh fastest time.

The fourth round of the 2016 Moto2 World Championship -and the first event of the year in Europe- got underway this Friday at the Jerez Circuit. The reigning World Champion in the class, cialis Johann Zarco, improved throughout the day, eventually finishing in seventh place overall after the first two Free Practice sessions.

The introduction of a softer tyre compound for the Spanish Grand Prix provided an atypical disparity in times in the first Free Practice session this morning. Zarco, who did not use the compound in the first 40-minute session, was fifth with a time of 1:43.651, level with the rider in fourth and a second off the new Circuit Best Lap set by the top man on Friday.

In the afternoon, the Frenchman waited until his second stint to run the soft rubber option –lowering his best time from the morning on his first lap. He also set his fastest time of the day on that runout: a 1:43.226. Fifth in the session, the Ajo Motorsport rider complained about a lack of grip upon completing the day.

At 3:05pm local time on Saturday, qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix will see Zarco attempt to claim a third consecutive first row start.

Results (Combined practice time FP1-FP2)
1. Takaaki Nakagami (Kalex) 1:42.642
2. Jonas Folger (Kalex) 1:42.667 +0.025
3. Lorenzo Baldassarri (Kalex) 1:42.805 +0.163
4. Sam Lowes (Kalex) 1:43.126 +0.484
5. Thomas Luthi (Kalex) 1:43.132 +0.490
7. Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) 1:43.226 +0.584

“For this race we have a new compound of tyres, to which everyone has seemed to have adapted well. I think we did a good job on the bike in both FP1 and FP2. The feeling is good and I just have to keep pushing to feel the limit and prepare well for the race. As happened last year, grip is often a problem here, and for tomorrow we want to continue working on this aspect in order to maintain confidence with the bike, because we are improving step by step. I want to work a little more on the final sector, because if I improve my feeling a little more there I think I can be more consistent among the fastest riders.”