Sensational pole for Zarco at Motul Grand Prix of Japan

Monster Yamaha Tech3 team rider Johann Zarco delivered a master class performance today to clinch a superb second pole position in his rookie MotoGP season. The French star progressed through to Q2 courtesy of his FP2 time, and here, he battled against the drying yet slippery track, before storming to the top on his penultimate lap. Tomorrow, the highly impressive rookie seeks to scoop his second podium of the year at Yamaha’s home Grand Prix.

“I am so happy about this pole position” Zarco said after the Pole. ” The team and I did some great work since FP1. There, it was raining all the time, and I think that I improved the feeling of the bike a lot, plus I have grown up in this condition. For qualifying, it was a bit different because the track was drying, but not enough to use the slick tyres. However, I knew that I could feel really good and try things in order to be faster than my opponents in these conditions. It worked and I am so happy for that. Now, I need to use this opportunity to stay in front, whether it rains or not, and do the best race that I can and I will dream about the podium.”

Qualifying Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Time/Gap
1 ZARCO Johann 5 FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1’53.469
2 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA Octo Pramac Racing 1’53.787
3 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team 1’53.903
4 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1’53.947
5 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA Ducati Team 1’54.235
6 PEDROSA Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team 1’54.342
7 SMITH Bradley 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 1’54.872
8 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 1’54.906
9 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team 1’55.064
10 RINS Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar 1’55.483
11 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar 1’55.617
12 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1’57.786
13 BAZ Loris 76 FRA Reale Avintia Racing 1’55.862 Q1
14 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1’55.916 Q1
15 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda 1’55.952 Q1