Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Johann Zarco initiated the second day at the Catalan Grand Prix with some very fast laps during FP3, where he snatched fifth position, just 0.220 seconds from the top of the ultra-close MotoGP field. During Qualifying this afternoon, the Frenchman fought hard and eventually ended up in eighth, launching his 24 laps attack tomorrow at 14.00 local time from the third row of the grid.

On the other side of the garage, Hafizh Syahrin impressed after finishing the third Free Practice session one second faster than on Friday morning and confirmed his great pace in FP4 again, where he clinched a fantastic P9. In Q1 the Malaysian rookie narrowly missed out on the top 2 and will kick off his seventh ever premier class race from his best ever starting position to date, after equaling P14 again.

Johann Zarco
Position: 8th -  Time: 1'39.331 - Laps: 7

Zarco 2018"I must be happy, because I gave all I could give on the bike today. The other riders are very fast and it’s difficult to do better at the moment. We need to accept this position and the fact, that this is the level we have. A fast lap in Qualifying was quite hard, so maybe we can be more competitive regarding race pace for this weekend. So, I hope I feel good on the bike tomorrow and that I’m able to use my pace in order to get the best possible position."

Hafizh Syahrin
Position: 14th -  Time: 1'39.879 - Laps: 8

Syahrin - 2018"Honestly, I’m, a bit disappointed by myself. Maybe I have been a bit too nervous, as I was quite strong from yesterday until FP4. With the hot condition I also lost a bit of rear grip in turn three and that’s why I couldn’t improve my lap time from this morning, but I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s race, because I have a good pace. Nakagami is not very far from me and I aim to do a decent start tomorrow, plus try and see what will happen and which role I can play during the race."


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