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MotoGP Australia J3 Analysis of Yohan Zarco (Ducati/8): “I had a lot of spin in second and third gear and the power stopped” etc. (whole)

MotoGP Australia J3 Analysis of Yohan Zarco (Ducati/8): “I had a lot of spin in second and third gear and the power stopped” etc. (whole)

This Sunday, October 16, 2022, Johan Zarco answered questions from journalists from the Phillip Island circuit at the end of the Australian Grand Prix.

The French driver has almost always been at the front this weekend but is still struggling to line up the planets. This time the start failed again before coming back very well from 19th place at the end of the first lap…

As usualwe report here his words without any formatting, even if partially translated (vouvoiement for English, tu for French).


Johan, did you miss your departure? Because we saw you very far at the end of the first round…

Johan Zarco : “yes, I had a lot of revving in second and third gear and the power died. My system didn’t work at first and I couldn’t get the bike back. It cost me a lot of positions, but I also didn’t register the bike well in the first corner with the heavy bike. So I couldn’t take the risk of overtaking because the others were much more comfortable at the start of the race. But what I saw was that they pushed the tire a lot, so after only three laps that back group was already fighting the tire. So from that moment I started to come back and it was good to have a good rhythm: I really gave a lot and there were many places where I was very strong. Others less so and I made a mistake behind Marini when I got to the lead group and maybe that cost me a bit. And with the energy spent to catch this group, I just wanted to breathe a little behind Marini, but because of this mistake I had to attack again to stay with them. I tried to fight and I had good fights with Brad, with Alex and also with Bastianini. We had a good race, but the last fight, with Aleix and Binder, made me lose contact with the top five group where Bastianini was. So he had a good rhythm and it’s really a pity for the start and it’s a sign that I can be very fast, but the feeling of the bike is still not good. Having this, as soon as I want to put the bike into the corner naturally, I will always have the same problem at the beginning of the race. If we can find the solution because my style is different then maybe I can get really strong. »

Have you ever encountered this problem and is it the same as the one Pecco is experiencing during testing?
“We had it in FP1 so we studied it and managed to resolve it. This morning it worked, even with the rain tires, then there, I don’t know why. Maybe this song is specific to this system, so maybe the different settings cause a problem at first. »

Apart from that problem at the start, do you feel like the pace allowed you to hope for a top five, even a podium or a win?
“Yes! I needed to be in that group to stay with them, have more fun with them and relax a little more because the laps I had to do under 30 were not easy. And in the same way, when I arrived in the group, the front tire got a little high temperature: then you start to lose the front and even if I wasn’t fighting for the podium, I didn’t want to commit the slightest mistake, since the goal was to finish the race . Likewise, I was able to overtake the other drivers well, but when I arrived in that group, it’s always harder to overtake because if they’re in front, it means they’re going fast (laughs). So yeah, I’m just sad about the start, but it’s really proof that we need to find a solution to help me ride naturally. Because I don’t really ride 100% naturally on the bike, I do it more with method, so you can see that method can make you fast, but still not win races. So you have to be a natural on the bike like Rins did today. »

MotoGP Australian Grand Prix Results:

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Ranking Credit: MotoGP.com



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