It's his home race and he has no intention of letting the fans down, particularly after having finished second at Jerez. Johann Zarco comes to Le Mans with high hopes, keen to fly the flag for France on home turf.
The Tech3 rider is feeling confident: "I got a nice, but also lucky podium in Jerez, but this gave me a very high motivation and a big smile to start the French GP. I hope that the weather will be good, but even if we have some rain, I know my Yamaha bike well now and I know, that I have to relax on it in any case. Last year was one of the best races of the season, because in Le Mans I got my first ever MotoGP podium."
This time the Frenchman is aiming for the top: “I would like to fight for the victory, therefore I have to stay cool, work well with the team and we will see what will happen. I think the fact that all our fans will be there will deliver some more positive energy, maybe also some pressure, but I will change this pressure to even more positive energy, so we cross our fingers and arrive in Le Mans with full power."
On the other side of the Tech3 garage, Hafizh Syahrin is keen to get started: “I’m looking forward to arrive in Le Mans and I want to do my best for my guys, because they are all French, so it’s our home race with many supporters. I aim to continue in the best way like during the first three rounds. Jerez was quite difficult after my bicycle crash at the beginning of the week. Now my pain is already gone, I’m back at 100 percent."