Johann Zarco has enjoyed some of the best moments of his career at Motegi in Japan and the MotoGP rookie is hoping he can create another lasting memory this weekend.

The Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider won his first Grand Prix in the 125cc class at Motegi and clinched the Moto2 title at the Twin Ring circuit in 2015. Now, Zarco has aspirations of making it onto the rostrum in the premier class on the satellite YZR-M1.

“The Motegi event is approaching and I feel good after spending two positive weeks at home, where I gathered the energy that I need for the Japanese GP,” Zarco said.

“It is a circuit that I like and the corners are nice, plus there are some hard braking areas. I have fond memories of Motegi because I won my first race in the 125cc class there and I also secured the 2015 Moto2 World Championship at that round.

“I believe that I can be fast at this track with the Yamaha, but the team and I must work well. I think we will start with a solid base because we have a lot of references from the factory team,” added the Frenchman.

“Then, I aim to give the maximum that I can and I really hope to be able to stay with the leading group. I would like to fight inside the top five, and why not go for the podium? It would be amazing to achieve this in Japan.”

Zarco is sixth in the championship standings with four rounds to go. He has one podium finish to his credit this season after sealing a dream runner-up result at his home round at Le Mans in France.


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