MotoGP: Zarco out to build on solid Spielberg

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Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider Johann Zarco says he’s out to build on a strong weekend last time out in the 2017 MotoGP championship at the Austrian Grand Prix as he goes into a circuit that he’s got a good record at in the shape of Silverstone and this weekend’s British Grand Prix.

The Frenchman has a good track record at the Northamptonshire circuit, and is hoping that that’ll help his continuing transition from Moto2 to MotoGP machinery come this weekend’s race, as he looks to continue his impressive rookie season.

“Silverstone is a very fast track and I am happy to go there after the solid and rewarding weekend that we had in Austria. I have a high level of motivation again so my target is to fight with the top guys and to collect as many points as possible for the championship. In the past, I have been competitive at Silverstone in Moto2, so I hope I will feel good on my Yamaha MotoGP bike. I am sure that I will be confident and I aim to manage the tyres as well as I can in order to have a strong race and then finish close to the front.”

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And that feeling is echoed on the other side of the Tech 3 garage, with teammate Jonas Folger delighted to be heading to a track that brings back good memories for the former British Grand Prix winner.

"I really like the Silverstone track so after the unlucky weekend that we had in Austria, we are looking forward to the British Grand Prix where we will attack and try to clinch a good result. I am certain that we will come back in a strong way and we have to collect points because Brno and Spielberg didn’t go to plan. I’m sure that we can show our true level at Silverstone, which is a circuit that I really enjoy riding at.

“I have great memories there, including my first ever victory in the 125cc class and some other solid results. I hope that we are going to try the new winglets too, which we are supposed to get at Silverstone so it will be interesting to work with the new aerodynamic parts. I’m sure our hard work will get us close to the top and I’m excited about the British GP challenge.”

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer