The Monster Yamaha Tech3 rookie pairing of Johann Zarco and Jonas Folger shone on the second day of action under the floodlights by producing two deeply impressive displays to both qualify for Q2 in their first MotoGP event. Johann Zarco kicked off the day with a superb run to 4th in FP2, and he then increased his pace in the third session to notably finish in 3rd and a mere 0.174 from the top with his time leaving him in 4th overall. Whilst Jonas Folger continued to highlight his quick adaptation and talent on the Yamaha YZR-M1 by completing FP2 in 3rd, which saw him clinch 8th in the combined times. Both riders now set their sights on sealing two strong qualifying positions tomorrow with FP4 taking place at 19:55 local time and then the all important Q2 shootout beginning at 21:00.
Position: 4th - Time: 1'55.008 - Laps: 35
"I am very happy with our performance today. The work that the team and I did was really good and going straight through to QP2, and being ready for it, is important for many reasons, but also because we can save some tyres. In all honestly, I was not completely confident on the first day due to the track conditions, even though my position was positive. However, today my confidence increased and I was a bit lucky because in the final session, whilst I was using the soft tyres, I followed Maverick and I learnt a lot from him, plus I improved my lap time. It was a job well done for today and now I will keep focused for the qualifying. Additionally, I will prepare for the race as much as possible because I think that if I am strong for 22 laps, then I can finish with a big smile on my face on Sunday."
Position: 8th - Time: 1'55.208 - Laps: 29
"Today went very well for me and I was able to lower my lap time from the first practice. However, in FP3, I went out on used tyres and I tried to reach the limit but then I fell. This was a shame, but we are not far from the fastest time and we have a good bike for tomorrow so I am sure that we can do a solid job. I would be really happy if I could qualify in the top ten, yet my main target is to produce the lap time that I managed to ride in the test. This means that I have to improve by 0.4 of a second, but we will have to see what happens with the weather because there may be rain. However, it does not matter if it comes, as we are ready and I am happy with everything so far."