Johann Zarco showed his brilliant talent again on qualifying day at the Circuit of the Americas. The Monster Yamaha Tech3 rider upped his pace in every outing, following some tricky practices on Friday on his way straight to Qualifying two. During the all-important timed session, the French star was nearly three seconds faster than on Friday morning and snatched fourth position in order to head the second row on Sunday.

On the other side of the Monster Yamaha Tech3 garage, Hafizh Syahrin improved well over the course of his second day at the ultra-demanding Texan track. The Malaysian MotoGP rookie started Q1 with the fastest lap time and eventually ended up in P6 to bolt forward from the sixth row when the green lights will go out for the third race of the season at 14:00 local time tomorrow.

Johann Zarco
Position: 4th - Time: 2'04.210 - Laps: 7

Zarco 2018"I’m really happy, because yesterday has been quite difficult. This morning, I was glad to find dry conditions, so I was able to push a lot in case of rain. Finally, I got a good lap time for the qualifying and now in this session, I used two medium tyres, because we don’t have some extra grip with the soft ones, it’s almost even worse. This disturbed me a bit yesterday and also today, it was quite strange. Anyway, we were able to manage it well and it’s great to be competitive. Fourth position is a good base for the race, so tomorrow I’m going to push for the podium and I really hope I have the pace to do so. I want to rest myself and try to keep the pace until the end of the race."

Hafizh Syahrin
Position: 16
th - Time: 2’05.873 - Laps: 5

Syahrin - 2018"I felt really good in Qualifying one and had a good rhythm, but to be honest, I was quite disappointed in the end, because I did a mistake in my strategy to take reference of the riders in front trying to catch them. In the last lap, I didn’t see the chequered flag, otherwise I think I could have been better. Anyway, it’s ok. I’m really happy with the bike. Now we’re looking forward to tomorrow, we try to have a good setup for the race, because I still lose a bit too much grip with the used tyre and aim to have a good race rhythm, so we’ll see."


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