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Moto2, Test Austria, Zarco: Tough track to know how to improve

At the Red Bull Ring track, Marc VDS and Morbidelli two tenths quicker than Alex Marquez

Test Austria, Zarco: Tough track to know how to improve

The World Championship will resume in Austria, with Red Bull Ring making its 'debut' after the latest round at the Sachsenring. A new track for the riders to discover, so much so that the MotoGP men made the most of last week's tests during which they gained confidence with the track. On Tuesday and Wednesday Moto 2 had its turn. Current champion Johann Zarco was on track, fresh from his win at the Sachsenring two weeks ago.

The weather affected plans, but the Frenchman is nevertheless satisfied: “Unfortunately the rain didn't help – he stated – but we had two positive days anyway, as we were able to learn the track. It's a fast layout with only nine corners”

It's not so clear-cut for Zarco though: “We had good pace – he added – with so few corners, it won't be easy to understand where to improve. Over these two tyres we focused on tyres and suspension, and obtained positive results”.

Other riders on track in Austria included Alex Marquez and Franco Morbidelli, with the Italian proving the fastest of the Marc VDS men, with a best of 1’30”1 after 135 giri: “These two days were very important in order to learn the track and work on new solutions in order to improve the bike – commented Morbidelli – it's a great track and, at the same time, fun to ride - I can't wait to come back”.

His team-mate Marquez was two tenths slower, having completed 136 laps in total: “As a first impression I'd say I like the track – remarked the Spaniard - it's very interesting but we need to take some steps forward in terms of lap time. I'm confident we'll be able to do this when we come back in August”.

Now for the well-deserved holidays: “Now it's time to relax a little and recharge the batteries – concluded Marquez – I hope I can come back with a good result”.

Translated by Heather Watson

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