MotoGP Silverstone J1 Debriefing Johann Zarco (Ducati/4): “If I had tried to stay on the bike, it would have been worse than my fall”, etc.  (Integrity) - Paddock GP

MotoGP Silverstone J1 Debriefing Johann Zarco (Ducati/4): “If I had tried to stay on the bike, it would have been worse than my fall”, etc. (Integrity) – Paddock GP

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This Friday, August 5, 2022, Johann Zarco answered questions from journalists from the Silverstone circuit after the first day of the British Grand Prix.

Currently 3rd in the championship, the Pramac driver did not miss his comeback by setting the best time in FP1 despite a fall suffered during his second run.

As usualwe report here the words of Johann Zarco without any formatting, even if it is translated from English.

Johann Zarco : “I lost the front. I braked a little later and on entering the corner I slipped a little from the rear, then the front slipped away from me. He left and then he came back, but I was already falling. It looks like I might have been able to catch him, but speaking with Fonsi he thinks that even if I had tried to stay on the bike I would have gone straight into the gravel and it would have been worse than my crash. So it was a good decision to crash right after the first slide. This fall occurred in the second run of FP1, but I was confident so it was important to quickly try to find the feeling on the bike. It was important to start again at the end of the session to regain confidence. I didn’t expect to set a good time under two minutes in FP1 and that gave me great confidence for the afternoon. In the afternoon the speed was there but I just wanted more consistency so I worked with the team to set the bike up to be more consistent as it seems to be a bit difficult to keep good times. »

Have you already decided which tires you are going to use?
” Not yet. The feeling is still too fresh after the long break. With the temperatures rising, it looks like the medium on the front will be a good choice because it’s a tire we all know very well. For the rear, my idea is that the hard can work. Maybe yes. Rins was quick with the tough, but I think Jack doesn’t like him, so we need a little more data. »

Is it always important to leave quickly after a fall?
“As I was confident, I was able to attack again immediately behind, and the fact of having already done under 2 minutes from FP1, that gives a good dynamic for the rest of the weekend. In the afternoon, it’s not too bad: we try to adjust the bike to really have the consistency that I may be missing. It’s still a bit difficult to make real progress, but the speed is still there. Happy at the end of the two laps in a row where I set two good lap times. Here, the speed is there, I work to find consistency and have a bike that suits me better. »

Was it important for you to have the best time in the session?
“It was especially important to leave. How in addition I leave with new tires, in the logic of making a correct time, I did not expect that. Suddenly, it put a balm to my heart. »

The track conditions were different between the morning and the afternoon?
“It’s hard to feel. The asphalt is normally warmer but it was a little hard to feel because there is actually always this wind, not huge but not weak either, and blowing a little sideways. I think that sometimes, for the sensations on the bike, it disturbs. In my opinion, I think that anyway the conditions were better this afternoon to be able to attack a little more, but it remained quite similar between the morning and the afternoon. »

Does recovery require muscle relearning?
” Not too. The body is fine, but the runs with the Panigale at Misano and at Le Mans have served. Clearly, if I hadn’t ridden at all in five weeks, I would have really struggled. And there, over the last week, to have been able to have contact three times on the Panigale, it’s great, because we’re not at 300 km/h but we’re at a good 250, and already that allows us to save a lot of stuff. »

After a month’s break, does the body take longer to recover?
“I don’t think so, no, because there was this training. There was a real recovery ten days ago, and as the road bike is already quite intense, there I am. I think we manage to manage me well with the physio.

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