MotoGP Test: Impressive Jonas Folger And Johann Zarco

“Overall, it was a very successful time for us and we can leave feeling happy about what we achieved.”

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Jonas Folger and Johann Zarco impressed everyone in their first test with the Monster Tech3 Yamaha team. Both the Moto2 graduates were fast from day one and continued to build up their pace in every stint.

On the second day of the test, both the riders posted competitive times riding their Yamaha M1s. Their fastest lap times was just only a second off the pace set by the Factory Yamaha rider Maverick Vinales.

Folger was slightly faster than the reigning Moto2 champion Zarco by 0.067s. The German was able to do a lap time of 1m30.948s to secure a spot in the top ten.

Folger said, "Overall, it was a very successful time for us and we can leave feeling happy about what we achieved. The plan was to carry on from where we finished yesterday which meant that I continued to work a lot on my riding style.

"We completed many laps and it was a long day but we collected a large quantity of data, which we needed to gather. Also, the Tech3 team and I started to alter the bike slightly to see which direction that we could possibly head towards in the future.

"I still need to adjust my riding style with regards to running the worn tyres, but on the whole, it was a positive day and I was able to round it off by setting a good lap time. Thanks to the crew for their efforts and I look forward to getting back on my Yamaha in the future."

Moto2 Champion Zarco added, "Today was really positive and I am truly satisfied about the work that we undertook. As soon as we started this morning, I was able to run at a similar pace to yesterday, where I was pushing, so it was good to have a bike that I was comfortable with and that I could be fast on straight away.

"Every time that I left the pit box, I was stronger and I improved my lap times quite consistently. The Tech3 team did a super job and I was able to adapt my riding style more to suit the Yamaha.

"I am feeling more confident on the M1 which I am really happy about and a 1'31.0 lap is a great target to achieve, plus I was only one second from the front which is very pleasing and a solid way to close the test."

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Story first published: Thursday, November 17, 2016, 19:02 [IST]
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