MotoGP France Le Mans J2: Johann Zarco gives his version of his penalty

Johann Zarco had qualified on the second row of his Grand Prix de France with a good sixth time which put him de facto among the leading group. But he was penalized three places by the officials in the evening for hampering Pol Espargaró at the end of Q2, so he will start ninth, which is a game-changer in this tight competition that is MotoGP. ‘today. The Pramac Ducati rider gives his version of the facts…

It’s a disappointment waiting Johann Zarco before the lights go out at Le Mans, the site which is hosting this weekend in popular jubilation the MotoGP French Grand Prix, seventh round of the season. Happy to camp on the second row before launching an assault on the race, he was disappointed to learn that he would have to drop back three places and therefore one row for having interfered Pol Espargaro during qualifying.

A withdrawal which inevitably undermines his strategy which he had thus exposed before the ax fell: “ it will be crucial to stay close to the leading group to bring back a good result “. But he has almost already lost contact with it. A tile for the Frenchman who recognizes this weakness: “ the FP4 wasn’t great in terms of results, but we kept working to find something that made me feel more comfortable. We haven’t quite succeeded yet, but we are making progress. I feel like I can get involved and that’s important “he had specified on this exercise accomplished in race condition.

Difficult starting position for Johann Zarco

Johann Zarco: I didn’t wait for anyone, I wanted to make room

The facts remain. The double French Moto2 World Champion gives his version: “ it’s true, I embarrassed him in the chicane “admitted Johann Zarco on Speedweek. ” I had just done two flying laps and then I missed the entrance to the chicane a bit. I knew I couldn’t improve anymore and I wanted to deviate to the right. What I didn’t know was that Pol was really that close. I’m sorry to have disturbed his turn. But I didn’t wait for anyone, I wanted to make room – but unfortunately he was closer than I could have guessed “. It now remains to start the fire…

John Zarco

MotoGP France Le Mans J2: Starting grid

1 Francesco Bagnaia ITA Ducati Lenovo (GP22) 1’30.450s 7/9 318k
2 Jack Miller AU Ducati Lenovo (GP22) +0.069s 7/9 318k
3 Alex Espargaro SPA Aprilia Racing (RS-GP) +0.159s 8/8 316k
4 Fabio Quartararo ENG Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1) +0.238s 3/8 315k
5 Enea Bastianini ITA Gresini Ducati (GP21) +0.261s 7/9 319k
Johann Zarco ENG Pramac Ducati (GP22) +0.413s 7/8 318k
6 Joan Mir SPA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) +0.493s 6/7 316k
7 Alex Rins SPA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) +0.527s 6/8 315k
8 jorge martin SPA Pramac Ducati (GP22) +0.618s 3/7 316k
9 Johann Zarco ENG Pramac Ducati (GP22)
10 Mark Marquez SPA Repsol Honda (RC213V) +0.698s 6/7 314k
11 Pol Espargaro SPA Repsol Honda (RC213V) +1.076s 4/8 314k
12 Takaaki Nakagami JPN LCR Honda (RC213V) +1.145s 4/9 314k
Qualifying 1:
13 Marco Bezzecchi ITA Mooney VR46 Ducati (GP21)* 1’30.94s 8/8 316k
14 Maverick Vinales SPA Aprilia Racing (RS-GP) 1’31.271s 7/8 315k
15 Luca Marini ITA Mooney VR46 Ducati (GP22) 1’31.363s 9/9 315k
16 Fabio Di Giannantonio ITA Gresini Ducati (GP21)* 1’31.487s 8/8 315k
17 Miguel Oliveira ORP Red Bull KTM (RC16) 1’31.547s 6/8 311k
18 Brad Binder RSA Red Bull KTM (RC16) 1’31.61s 3/8 307k
19 Franco Morbidelli ITA Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1) 1’31.617s 7/9 314k
20 Andrea Dovizioso ITA WithU Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1) 1’31.618s 7/9 310k
21 Alex Marquez SPA LCR Honda (RC213V) 1’31.763s 3/9 317k
22 Remy Gardner AU KTM Tech3 (RC16)* 1’31.82s 6/8 312k
23 Darryn Binder RSA WithU Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1)* 1’32.596s 2/7 313k
24 Raúl Fernandez SPA KTM Tech3 (RC16)* 1’32.767s 7/8 311k


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