Motorcycles Johann Zarco is looking for even more lightness on the Ducati in Qatar

11:51  10 march  2021
11:51  10 march  2021 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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Johann Zarco finished the first two days of the MotoGP test in Qatar as the second best Ducati rider in sixth place 0.416 seconds behind the fastest time of Fabio Quartararo (Petronas-Yamaha). For Zarco it was the first outing with the current Desmosedici GP21 in Pramac colors.

"I'm happy that I was able to drive pretty fast. The speed is there," said the Frenchman. "Still, I have to be able to really gain confidence in my ability to have that speed and therefore relax so I can work on other things like race pace."

He still lacks the ease to drive all laps like this, says the Pramac driver. "I think it's possible. It's easier said than done, but it's clear that I'm almost back to where I left off last year and that was my goal."

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Zarco's goal: to be as good as Jack Miller 2020

Last year - his first season on a Ducati - Zarco was still part of the Avintia team and has already celebrated some notable successes such as pole position and third place in Brno. He wants to build on this in 2021 with the latest factory material: "My goal is to be at least as good as Miller finished last season."

On the first two days of testing in Qatar, he mainly concentrated on working on his driving style, continues Zarco. "In the end it didn't go badly, but I think there is room for improvement on my part in order to focus more on the characteristics of the Ducati," he admits self-critically.

"That's what Jack does. He's a little more instinctive because he's been on the bike for a while and he has a more instinctive style so he feels things well. But I think I did what I could to help to get back into the rhythm and if I improve from that it can get very interesting. "

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Ducati even more involved at Pramac

The new aerodynamics, , which Ducati presented for the first time in Qatar, , he has not yet tested, reveals Zarco. "It's true that Miller was on the road with it. It's something completely different, but I didn't have the time to see it up close," said the Frenchman.

"If it is confirmed by the official team, Pramac usually benefits very quickly from it. But then you have to have time to build two of them for each driver. If I also benefit from it, that's six panels that have to be made. So it's not that easy for the plant. "

The support from Ducati is generally very high at Pramac: "Between Avintia and Pramac, for example, I notice the fact that Gigi Dall'Igna is there more often," Zarco draws the comparison. "He came to Avintia because I think he liked my feedback, but it was closer to the end of the day."

Work towards races on the next test

"Now he's here at the end of each run. And he has one less pit to run. (Laughs) It's the same treatment." Therefore, the Pramac driver is confident that he can take the next step necessary to be on the podium.

For the remaining test days in Qatar, Zarco decided to run a racing simulation. "We haven't talked about when we're going to do it yet. I think in order to have good energy it is better not to do it on the third day because there can be a little bit of fatigue," he says.

The MotoGP driver knows: "It's not just about a lap time, I also have to make it in the race. But the speed is there and that's a very good thing. If I feel even more comfortable on the bike, it won't help me go much faster, but it will help me be much more consistent. "

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