MotoGP: Zarco out to make amends in Argentina

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Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider Johann Zarco is out to make amends at this weekend’s Argentinian Grand Prix, after the double Moto2 world champion crashed out of his first trace in the premiere class last time out in Qatar while spectacularly leading the race.

And while it might be a bit much to expect similar form from the Frenchman so soon, he says that a love of the Termas circuit means that he’s hoping to bounce back well from the disappointment of the opening race.

“It will be my second MotoGP race this weekend when we go to Argentina and I’m excited to see what we can achieve. I like the venue, it’s quite new, and this year will be the fourth year that we will race there. I have had some strong results there in the past, with two victories and setting the fastest lap and pole position time at the track in the Moto2 class.


“The circuit itself is interesting, fast and quite simple, which is why I enjoy riding on it. After the good start in Qatar, I would like to keep the pace and the momentum going and I hope to use the upcoming opportunity in Argentina to score a great result and collect a lot of points. This is certainly possible for us, so let’s see what happens but I am motivated and looking forward to racing in Argentina.”

And his sentiments were echoed by teammate Jonas Folger, with the German also enjoying a strong track record at the circuit and similarly hoping to build on a strong start to the season with tenth in Qatar.

“I am really looking forward to racing in Argentina on the Yamaha because I thoroughly enjoy the Termas de Rio Hondo track and it is one of my favourites. The layout is quite different to Qatar but I am keen to experience the fast-flowing nature of the South American circuit on a MotoGP bike and I am sure that we can have a positive time.

“My target is to improve and finish higher up the field after what was a solid race in Qatar and for sure, I will be a bit more relaxed this weekend. I am certain that I can make a step up so I’m excited to go there and I am determined to show the people, as well as myself, that I can do a better job than at the last GP.”

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer