Motorcycles Johann Zarco Sets Top Speed Record In MotoGP After Hitting 225 MPH

22:06  27 march  2021
22:06  27 march  2021 Source:   jalopnik.com

development of the KTM RC16: Miguel Oliveira harder than Johann Zarco?

 development of the KTM RC16: Miguel Oliveira harder than Johann Zarco? © Motorsport Images Miguel Oliveira and Johann Zarco clashed in the 2019 season Pol Espargaro's move to Honda gives Miguel Oliveira the chance to join the works team at KTM. He becomes Brad Binder's teammate. Last season Oliveira won the Styrian Grand Prix and his home Grand Prix in Portimao with his Tech-3-KTM. Crew chief Paul Trevathan is curious to see whether Oliveira will take another step in the works team. © Motorsport Images Pol Espargaro "Miguel is a very intelligent man.

Records are falling at the Losail Circuit ahead of the MotoGP Barwa Grand Prix of Qatar. Johann Zarco of Premac set a new top speed record in MotoGP after topping out at 225.18 mph (362.4 km/h) during the series’ fourth practice session.

a man riding a motorcycle on a track © Photo: Mirco Lazzari gp (Getty Images)

It’s important to note that top speed does not denote the fastest average speed over a lap—it’s the highest number ever hit on the speedometer. So, while Zarco absolutely dominated the previous record, he later went off the track. He ultimately set the second fastest lap in the session, as Maverick Viñales had put together a more comprehensive lap.

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

 Johann Zarco is looking for even more lightness on the Ducati in Qatar © Motorsport Images Johann Zarco wants to be able to handle the Ducati even more instinctively 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.

There are a few different components on Zarco’s Ducati when compared to last year’s machine and the bikes around him. Zarco’s bike has a new aero component that helps the bike turn and possibly even smooths out the air turbulence under the bike, which makes it a lot easier to hit higher speeds without feeling like you’ve been jostled around. The bike also has an altered air intake when compared to other bikes.

Zarco has been hitting new top speeds during the build-up to the race season, clocking in at 222 mph during pre-season testing. All that has given him confidence.

“It’s my time to get victories and podiums,” he said. “Everything is ready. The bike is fast, the team knows perfectly the bike, and me with my experience, I should be able to control any situation, and I hope now it will be the time.”

ZARCO: "Now my time is to fight victories and podiums"

 ZARCO: Johann Zarco looks perfectly situated in order to play in the MotoGP season 2021 at the front - on which weakness he is particularly concentrated once Stand Johann Zarco as Ducati pilot already on the podium: 2020 he went to the Grand Prix of Czech Republic in Brno with the DESMOSEDICI GP19 on the third place, at that time still in the Avintia team. Now, with the current Desmo in Pramac colors, he wants to create it for a few times more on the podium.

It certainly sounds like there’s an opportunity for Zarco on the horizon.

Qualifying for the Barwa Grand Prix of Qatar also took place this afternoon, with Pecco Bagnaia taking home his first-ever pole position. The top-10 on the grid lining up as follows:

  1. Francesco Bagnaia
  2. Fabio Quartararo
  3. Maverick Viñales
  4. Valentino Rossi
  5. Jack Miller
  6. Johann Zarco
  7. Franco Morbidelli
  8. Aleix Espargaro
  9. Alex Rins
  10. Joan Mir

Fabio Quartararo captures MotoGP victory in another tight finish at Losail circuit in Qatar .
Yamaha rider Fabio Quartararo rallies to defeat Johann Zarco and Jorge Martin in a tight MotoGP finish at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar.The Frenchman charged from a midpack start, outdistancing two Ducati riders from Pramac Racing. New points leader Johann Zarco finished second, and rookie Jorge Martin started on the pole position and led 18 laps before yielding the lead to Quartaro and finishing third.

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