This Friday, June 24, 2022, Johann Zarco answered questions from journalists from the TT Circuit Assen after the first day of the Dutch Grand Prix.
By finishing 2nd in Germany, the French rider took 3rd place in the MotoGP world championship in a summer break event. Today he secured a place in the top 10 in the dry after being particularly competitive this morning in the wet.
As usualwe report here the words of Johann Zarco without any formatting, even if it is partially translated (tu in English, tu in French).
Johann Zarco (in French) : ” So, a good first day! Lots of rain this morning, but it’s good to ride when it’s raining so much, because it still allows you to get good bearings. It’s good to be able to always have these feelings there in the rain, even if at one point there was a lot of water on the track and we were more to play with the places where there was a lot of water and the others where there was less water because there was still a little aquaplaning: it was still tricky! In the afternoon, as soon as we left, we felt that it could put the slicks on the end. Eventually the slicks started working even sooner than I had thought. I was quite in the game: my last lap, there was a good improvement but I slipped a lot in turn 12 because I completely lost the rear, probably touching a small patch. Finally there was a big patch but avoiding it every time I think my rear tire barely touched it and I really lost the rear in that very fast corner, and suddenly I didn’t couldn’t improve at the end. But I’m still in the game, so whatever the conditions tomorrow, if it rains Q2 is guaranteed and if it’s dry everyone will improve. The fact of having somewhat tricky conditions like that, it’s true that physically we suffer less from the track, because we have to wait a bit, we have to wait for things to improve: we prepare less on Sunday in case of dry race but we will say that it saves money, and that is not so bad. »
You said you were hoping for rain on Sunday. Is this still the case today?
” Yes ! Because Miller is really very strong, he adapts immediately to the conditions, but then with the right benchmarks I manage to be very competitive and I even have more margin than in the dry. So, to win here in Assen, a race in the wet would be better for me, because in the dry there will be Fabio, and Pecco, who is a bit angry about his crash at the Sachsenring, we see that as soon as he put the tires on, he’s there. »
You don’t want to do Sarron, anyway?
“ No, not at all, but you have to say what it is: here in Assen, compared to the others, I think I’m better in the rain than in the dry. »
It’s the first time in a long time that you’ve been riding in really wet conditions in Assen: have you noticed any things that can be dangerous, with the new technologies used?
” In the rain, we do not use the lowering device, in front or behind. We don’t really have the time and it’s also a rather special circuit here, and in general we don’t use it in the rain. No, there, which was tricky with the water, there was a lot of grip but it’s true that there were two brakes where you pass a kind of, not a river, but a flow of water that crosses the track, and we felt that: brakes, it holds, it holds then it blocks. Afterwards, it could re-attach, but when it blocks there was a fall. But that doesn’t make for a particularly dangerous track. After, the small breaks at very high speed, in turn 6 and 13 and 14, there it’s okay that we don’t put in a lot of angle, but if we want to go fast we still have to try something. Otherwise, if we do it too safely, we stay too far behind in the clock. »
Can you find the good feelings you had last weekend, despite completely different conditions and a different circuit?
” Not the same, no! The goal is to be in the game, to have the right speed and to pass without being let go too much by the others. That’s good. Afterwards, the sensations are not the same, because it is too different a circuit. »
If it stays dry, do you think you’re going to have to find something more?
“ No, to see. There, what I could see compared to the others, is that yes, there was a limit, but I had the medium tire and the others had the soft tire. So it’s still not bad. Afterwards, I would still be competitive, but I have more margin in the rain compared to my opponents. If I want to be there for the victory, they have to announce these conditions (laughs)! »
MotoGP Dutch Grand Prix FP2 results at TT Assen:
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