Monster Yamaha Tech3 star Johann Zarco delighted his home fans today in Le Mans with snatching a super pole position ahead of his and the French team’s home Grand Prix tomorrow. The local hero timed his new pole record at the Bugatti Circuit to perfection, securing the top spot during the last minutes of an awesome exciting qualifying and is therefore, the first Frenchman at the front of the first row on home soil since Christian Sarron in 1988.

On the other side of the Monster Yamaha Tech3 garage, Hafizh Syahrin did an equally great job. The MotoGP rookie delivered a stunning performance and missed out on Q2 by just 0.336 seconds. The Malaysian eventually secured the fourth position in Qualifying 1 and with it his best ever starting position until now. He’ll launch the French GP from the middle of the fifth row on Sunday at 14.00 local time.

Johann Zarco
Position: 1st -  Time: 1'31.185 - Laps: 8

Zarco 2018"It feels great and it’s very emotional for me. I didn’t expect to have these emotions already during Qualifying here. For sure, I wanted to be fast, but when I saw the 31.185 on the dashboard I was surprised myself. The first run was already quite good, but I felt that the new tyre can deliver even more on the first lap, so I tried it for the second exit and it worked well. The job we did, working with different tyres, is amazing. A huge thank you to the crowd here, because they gave me a lot of positive energy. Let’s see, if this energy is enough to win tomorrow."

Hafizh Syahrin
Position: 14th -  Time: 1'32.397 - Laps: 8

Syahrin - 2018"We did a very good job on day two. In FP3 we improved an also in FP4 we went better. Also myself, I have more confidence on the brake. I want to say thank you very much to my team, because they always do a fantastic job, they try to pass me their experience and this is very helpful. I can do low 32’ and I was very close to Q2, anyway, it’s my best qualifying and we try to keep the consistency for tomorrow’s race. I want to avoid to do any mistakes and bring home as much points as possible for my crew in their home race."


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