MotoGP: ‘Great race’ to ninth for Zarco

Published: 07 July 2017

Johann Zarco has admitted that he’s happy to have come away from Sunday’s German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring with a solid ninth place finish after a difficult weekend for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider.

Struggling in Sunday’s race after a difficult day on Saturday left him at a major disadvantage, he was pleased after the race to have been able to come away with points on the board to consolidate his sixth in the championship going into the month-long summer break.

“Overall, it was a great race for me today in Germany. On the first day, I felt good but then the weather made things difficult on Saturday and I had a crash in free practice three, which complicated matters so in the end, I started from 19th. Yet, I kept calm and I managed the GP lap by lap, which allowed me to overtake my opponents.

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“I saw that the other riders started to struggle and I was stronger so I thought that I could almost take seventh and eighth but they were a bit too far in front. It is difficult to overtake here at Sachsenring but I did my best even if it was tough to be at the back of the group.”

The Frenchman, who scored his debut podium finish last month at his home race in Le Mans, was also quick to heap praise on his teammate Jonas Folger after the race, after the German rookie repeated the feat at his own home race.

“I am happy because it has been a great experience and we are leaving this Grand Prix, for the summer break, in a positive way. I am also very pleased with what Jonas did. In the race, he was so good and it was great for our team and for him so overall, I am happy for everyone.”

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