The Monster Yamaha Tech3 duo rounded out the second pre-season test in Australia with two solid performances, which leaves them fired up for the next outing in Qatar as the 2017 season gets closer. Jonas Folger delivered a determined and highly impressive showing by concluding the event in 4th and as the quickest rookie after finishing just 0.009 behind Dani Pedrosa and less than half a second from the front. Whilst, Johann Zarco dug deep as he gathered vital knowledge before speeding to a personal best that left him six-tenths behind his teammate and 0.200 back from Valentino Rossi. The third and final MotoGP pre-season test will commence on the 10th March, with the highly anticipated campaign kicking off on the 26th March.

Jonas Folger

Position: 4th - Time : 1'29.042 - Laps: 190

Jonas Folger - 2017"Today was another good day and we can head home feeling positive for the future and happy about what we accomplished at Phillip Island. This morning, I got straight to work and I was able to cut my lap time further, which was a strong start. After that, the team and I tried a lot of settings on the bike but I was never 100% sure about which direction was the best one to take, despite the rhythm being quite good. Then, I started a race simulation but after three or four laps, I crashed at turn six. I returned to the track on my second bike that had a different setting, and after completing eleven laps or so, my confidence came back and I became faster and faster, which was very important. Now we know which direction we have to head towards and we will try again in Qatar. However, for the moment, we can be fully satisfied about what we completed here because the rhythm was good, the lap time was strong, we tried many options and we sorted a lot of things out, so we can all be really content."

Johann Zarco

Position: 15th - Time: 1'29.670 - Laps: 255

Johann Zarco - 2017"The third and final day at Phillip Island went smoothly for me and now I am looking forward to the next track appearance in Qatar. Once again, the conditions were clear and sunny, which was good for my confidence and it meant that we could ride uninterrupted. I improved on yesterday’s best time in the morning and then I just kept working and completing laps. In the end, I am pleased about the distance that we covered today. This circuit is not one of my favourites but because of the number of lapswhich I rode, I am now able to understand the bike better and we can adjust and improve more settings. This is important for the next test because I know that I will be stronger at other venues."

Jonas Folger and Johann Zarco turned up the pace today in Australia as they impressively made further leaps forward aboard their Yamaha YZR-M1 MotoGP bikes. Jonas Folger turned heads once again by finishing in 7th and as the fastest rookie after powering to a time that left him 0.339 back from third, having cut 0.914 from his quickest lap yesterday. Whilst Johann Zarco also improved by almost a second as he tirelessly rode the iconic circuit before setting a personal best that put him just 0.206 adrift of the multi World Champion Valentino Rossi. The final day of testing will commence tomorrow at 09:45 local time and both riders will seek to conclude the penultimate pre season test positively.

Jonas Folger

Position: 7th - Time : 1'29.664 - Laps: 65

Jonas Folger - 2017"The Tech3 guys and I achieved a good amount today and overall I am very happy. We tried a lot of settings as well as tyres, but we mainly focused on different riding positions on both bikes. After completing some distance on the altered version, we figured out that the original one that we had been using was better so we reverted back to it. We made a big step forward today especially with regards to me feeling more confident at this track, which is vital because of all the fast corners. My rhythm was also quite positive so overall I am really happy and it was a very successful day. I am looking forward to getting back on the Yamaha tomorrow and I’m sure that we can continue from where we stopped, and do a great job."

Johann Zarco

Position: 11th - Time: 1'29.880 - Laps: 88

Johann Zarco - 2017"The second day in Australia was good and I will leave the track smiling. The conditions were even better today as there was less wind so it was more comfortable and enjoyable to ride the bike. I completed a lot of distance in order to continue getting used to this track on a MotoGP bike and I’m progressing but there are a few corners that I need to understand more and gain confidence with. Anyway, the day started well and we tested some tyres for Michelin, which was positive, as I was able to lap consistently and at a solid pace, plus it was good to give them feedback. In the end, I produced a time that was under the 1’30 mark, which I am pleased about so I will sleep well tonight and then try my best to improve again tomorrow."

The exciting Monster Yamaha Tech3 duo leapt into action today as they positively kicked off the second 2017 pre-season test aboard their Yamaha YZR-M1 MotoGP bikes in Australia in sunny yet windy conditions. Jonas Folger carried on his notable form over the winter to conclude the day as the leading rookie and only 0.652 back from the top three. Whereas Johann Zarco built up his pace before powering to a personal best on his 77th lap, which left him less than three tenths from his teammate. Both riders seek to make further headway tomorrow where they will continue to gather experience at the iconic circuit with the action beginning at 09:45 local time.

Jonas Folger

Position: 10th - Time : 1'30.578 - Laps: 62

Jonas Folger - 2017"I am quite happy with the outcome of today and we collected some important information, even if it was a bit tricky because of the wind, but fortunately, the weather improved in the afternoon. I set a solid lap time in the morning and then after that, we started to experiment with the bike setting and the tyres. Towards the end of the session, the Yamaha started to feel a bit light at the front, so now we have to analyse why this is happening and see whether it is because of my riding or the setting. Nevertheless, the team and I took a lot of data and we feel positive which sets us up well for tomorrow and we will continue to do our best when we get back on the track."

Johann Zarco

 Position: 15th - Time: 1'30.867 - Laps: 80

Johann Zarco - 2017"The first day at Phillip Island went positively for me and I am looking forward to getting back on the Yamaha YZR-M1 tomorrow. The conditions were really good and the temperature was warm which meant that I could complete a lot of laps. I must admit that I was not fully confident at this circuit because I have fallen a few times in Moto2 in the previous years, so the main task for today was to keep riding in order to feel more comfortable. We did not adjust too many technical aspects because I just ran some distance but step by step I am improving and feeling more positive. So overall, today was encouraging but we have work to do on Thursday and Friday."


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