Monster Yamaha Tech3 star Johann Zarco delivered a breathtaking Qualifying at the British Grand Prix and bravely ended up in the front row again. The fast Frenchman timed his fastest lap to perfection and secured himself the third spot for tomorrow’s 12th round of the 2018 MotoGP World Championship season as the best Yamaha rider, although the conditions where far from ideal with mixed weather.
On the other side of the Monster Yamaha Tech3 garage, Hafizh Syahrin faced some tricky track time in a rain affected Q1 as well. The Malaysian MotoGP class rookie concluded the important three Free Practice sessions in P19 overall and was progressing to 12th in FP4. Later on, he was fighting trough the difficult timed session this afternoon, which he finished in 23rd, highly motivated to make up as many positions as possible during the 20 laps race at 13.00 local time tomorrow.
Position: 3rd - Time: 2'10.439 - Laps: 7
"It was not easy because of the conditions. We had a rain tyre with almost dry conditions, but that’s what I love on the bike. I could really make a difference. The others started the session quite fast, so I had to push a lot to gain a good lap time. Then I cooled down the tyre, did a good lap time again and I was first. For the second last lap I slowed down again and Marc (Marquez) was there waiting with some others. I knew I had the advantage, so I didn’t want to help them to go faster. I waited and pushed on the last lap, which was really at the limit with the chequered flag. Finally, it was a good lap, I could improve and make it to the front row. But I was fighting with Marc and I think we lost a little bit of time there. I enjoy this first row. We don’t know the conditions tomorrow yet, but I want to use this opportunity to stay with the front until the end."
Position: 23rd - Time: 2'16.483 - Laps: 6
"We had very tricky conditions during this Qualifying because when the track was full wet, we couldn’t go out due to safety reasons. On the wet places, I felt really good, but where it was already dry, I had some movements on the bike, which were not easy to control. For me it was definitely difficult, especially because it was the first time having half-half conditions. But even if I have to start from the back now, I know that I need to get off the line well tomorrow and try to be ready after the Warm Up. The forecast says rain for Sunday, so I hope I can find a good feeling in the morning and then we’ll see what we can do in the race."