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Qatar Moto2/Moto3 Test: Zarco draws confidence from final day pace

Ajo Motorsport rider Johann Zarco boosted by Sunday improvement in Qatar Moto2 test but still lacking 'five tenths' to enhance prospects of challenging at front.
Moto2 World Champion Johann Zarco was upbeat over his pace on the Ajo Motorsport Kalex as the French rider concluded the Qatar test on Sunday.

Zarco had finished down the order in 12th overall at the Jerez test but found some improvement at the Losail International Circuit as he strives to find his groove with the 2016 bike, setting is best lap in 1m 59.979s on the final day to slot into eighth on the combined times.

The reigning champion was eager not to miss a single minute of the last final of pre-season testing and completed a total of 61 laps, more than on any of the previous two days.

“This third day was positive. My time in the last session was not very good, but overall we have improved over previous days and we are ready for the first race next week. That is the most important thing,” Zarco said.

“I know I have to improve my riding style with this new bike to find the last five tenths that will allow me to fight with the first group. Now it's time to rest and get ready for next week. The positive thing is that we have found the way to go.”


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GasOnline

March 14, 2016 9:06 AM

Confidence - where does that come from? Clearly the new Kalex is not (yet) an improvement to Zarco in the same way it is for his competitors. His best Combined time is barely identical to his best lap time in last year’s race, in fact 0.06s slower! At the same Lowes is 0.78s quicker, smilarly Folger, Luthi and Rins all are around 0.7s quicker than their fastest laps in Qatar race a year ago!

serigala

March 14, 2016 7:37 PM

it is going to be tough to retain the title but something he is holding back a little in order to scope the potential of the top ten. He has the experience n the cool. Sizing up the competition. Lowes is in good shape. Hope Nakagami can get in there. Tomizawa style. Luthi strong too. Morbidelli is gaining valueable experience. But Zarco is my choice.



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