“I want to thank my family and the team, I have only been with them for a month and I already feel at home – he tells – As a child, Maverick and Aleix Espargarò helped me a lot, they came to pick me up at home and lent me their motorcycles to ride, because I didn’t have the money to buy it. Training with them, with two MotoGP riders, helped me a lot to improve “.
The result was seen on the track.
“I’m honest, my goal was the third row, 9th place would have been good for me already – keep it going – Yesterday I felt at ease in the saddle and today I didn’t ride in FP3 because, with all that wind, I was afraid of just making confusion. In FP4 I felt great, as in the first outing in qualifying. Before the second, I told my crew chief that I could improve by 3 tenths, but I didn’t think I would take pole. Being able to do it in my second MotoGP race is incredible. But it’s only Saturday, the difficult will come tomorrow”.
This doesn’t mean that Martin might not come as a surprise, even if he is the first to throw water on the fire.
“Tomorrow will be the time to be a rookie again, of course if I could win with a 20 second advantage I would, but I don’t think it will be possible. – jokes – I don’t feel pressure or even have the potential to win. It is true that anything can happen in the race, but Above all, I want to be able to learn from the best and beat them when I’m ready, this is not the time. I’m not setting out to win, but with the aim of not making mistakes and being consistent. And if at the end of the race I can fight for the top 6 positions, it will be an excellent result “.
Surely Jorge learns quickly.
“It feels good to ride this bike – he claims – I thought it was more difficult, it’s like it’s all on another level, better. Even in qualifying: I was at the limit but I didn’t go crazy. However now I need to do kilometers and experience above all, it’s the little things that put together bring you a great result”.
Johann Zarco: “I thought I was on pole, but this is the perfect result for the Pramac team”
After the pole position, all the members of Martin’s old teams (Gresini, Aspar, KTM) went to congratulate him. Even Zarco was not too disappointed to have been mocked by his teammate: “I honestly expected to be on pole, Jorge surprised me and I’m happy, being 1st and 2nd is perfect for the team and being happy”.
There will be time for the rematch tomorrow, in the race.
“Seeing Jorge’s departure last Sunday, I think he can be in the lead at the first corner and there he will understand what it means to drive a MotoGP race – the prediction of the French – It will be interesting to follow him, when you go so fast in qualifying it means you are not crazy”.
The biggest danger for Johann, however, will be Vinales.
“Starting from the front row with the Ducati is definitely an advantage, but Maverick’s pace seems better than mine – admits – In free practice, however, I tried something interesting and I hope it will allow me to take a step forward in the race, to improve my sensations, but it’s difficult to say today.”.
After last Sunday’s 2nd place, Zarco looks ready to aim for victory.
“If I were the surprise of this season I would be the first to be happy – dice – I’ve been through some difficult moments, but now I have a good experience, the bike is fine, the team is perfect and Ducati gives me great support. I know our bike is good here in Qatar and I want to take advantage of this opportunity. My goal is to repeat Miller’s performance in the second half of last season, fighting for the podium and victory. After a year on the Ducati, I immediately felt better starting from the tests. The key thing is to be able to manage tires and energy, what I missed last Sunday in the last 4 or 5 laps”.
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