Johann Zarco looks back on his first steps at Suzuka

Johann Zarco looks back on a first positive experience on the Japanese track as part of the tests organized on the sidelines of the Suzuka 8H in which he will take part next July.

Published on 20/06/2024 à 17:38

Luca Bartolomeo

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Johann Zarco looks back on his first steps at Suzuka

On June 19 and 20, the first tests organized alongside the Suzuka 8H will be held on the famous Japanese circuit. 40 of the 46 crews registered at the start of the famous proof ofEndurance Japanese FIM EWC team took to the track, some of them for the first time.

This was particularly the case of the Frenchman, Johann Zarco, who will take advantage of the summer break MotoGP to make his debut in the discipline. Engaged with Team HRC, which aims to achieve a third consecutive victory, the Habs were able to count on the experience of their teammates, Takumi Takahashi, Teppei Nagoe, who have already found the path to victory at Suzuka in the past, while as Kohta Arakawa joined the team as the fourth driver.

Zarco seems to have adapted quickly, since during the first of the two days, he was already racing within the times of his teammates. Having completed a lap of the circuit in 2:07.304, the MotoGP rider was the third fastest in his group at the finish, and the second fastest rider in the crew on the day, ahead of Nagoe (2:07.510 ) and behind Takahashi (2:06.867).

“The Suzuka 8 Hours of Endurance has a rich history and it’s a race I’ve always wanted to participate in, rejoices Zarco after this day. The changes to the MotoGP calendar finally allowed me to participate. It was my first time riding at Suzuka, and I felt that it was a circuit that required special skills, so I want to approach this task with the help of my experienced teammates. The important thing is not to make mistakes and I will continue to do my best during testing. »

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For his part, the leader of the trio, Takumi Takahashi, also seemed satisfied with the first steps taken by Johann Zarco at Suzuka.

“Our main goal for this test was to help Zarco get used to the bike and the track. I had participated in the four previous joint manufacturer tests, and so I tried to pass on my experience to Zarco. Nagoe is a younger driver, and as I have more experience in the 8 Hours, I want to give him as much advice as possible. I think the test is going well, but there are still areas we need to work on, and we will continue to make improvements to get closer to 100% satisfaction." he concluded.

Luca Bartolomeo

Certified Belgian without accent who writes with pleasure for a French site. In charge of MotoGP

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