Monster Yamaha Tech3 star Johann Zarco was quickly up to speed in this mornings’ FP1 session, finishing in seventh position and lowered his fastest lap by 0.256 seconds this afternoon to eventually conclude Friday at the San Marino Grand Prix just 0.005 seconds behind the tenth fastest rider.
On the other side, MotoGP rookie Hafizh Syahrin had a difficult first day on board his Yamaha YZR-M1 for the first time at the 4.2-kilometer-long circuit. The Malaysian youngster is working hard on improving on his 25th position in FP3 tomorrow morning at 9.55 local time.
Position: 11th – Time: 1’32.985 – Laps: 41
“I began better than what I was expecting and I’m happy for that, although it’s a pity to miss the top 10 today. I want to take the positive of today. In the afternoon we were a bit scared about the possibility of rain, so I went straight out with a new tyre. I did a good lap time, but not good enough to be in the top 10 and in the last minutes my tyre was not fresh enough to be even faster. But I did many good laps and this is truly positive. I cross my fingers to have dry conditions tomorrow morning in order to improve my lap time to be directly in Q2. Anyway, I’m positive about that as I have a good feeling on the bike at this track.”
Position: 25th – Time: 1’34.539 – Laps: 36
“At the moment I didn’t find my good feeling, but I’m really happy that we worked really good in the first laps of FP2. I don’t know why, but I lost the front in turn seven. From there we were struggling a bit to find the best feeling with the bike because we changed to the other machine and tried to put the same setup, but it was different. I try to work hard and want to improve my lap time and my position tomorrow, as I don’t want to start in the last row. I give my best for Saturday, try to find a good rhythm and I’m ready to come back as strong as possible.”
Gran Premio di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini
Pole position: Left
Length: 4.226 km
Width: 14 m
Corners: 16 (10 right, 6 left)
Longest Straight: 565 m
Misano Circuit is located 11 km from the Rimini Miramare Airport, 78 km from the Ancona Airport and 135 km from the Bologna Airport.