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MotoGP, Zarco trusts in Rossi: "If he's strong, I can be too"

Johann hopes for #46 to be competitive at the TT: "Valentino has always been fast in Holland, this will be useful for me and my Yamaha"

MotoGP: Zarco trusts in Rossi: "If he's strong, I can be too"

For three races now Johann Zarco has been forced to play the part of onlooker. After crashing at Le Mans, the Frenchman was then far off the pace at both the Mugello and Catalunya GPs. He is therefore keen to do well and play a starring role at Assen.

He displays a certain confidence ahead of the weekend: “I've won only one time in 2016. I could be fast with the Moto2 and last year with the MotoGP it was quite ok. The race has been difficult, because it was raining a little bit and I was scared to crash, so I made the wrong decision to come back to the pit lane. So, this year, I’m going to see what the weather will be like."

Johann hopes in the competitiveness of Valentino Rossi at the Dutch track, the Italian having won the 2017 edition: “I think it’s a track, which is also good for the Yamaha, Valentino is always incredibly strong there and it means, I can also do great things with my bike. Therefore, I will try to push all the time and even in the race, if it’s raining a little bit, I will keep full throttle to stay with the top guys."

On the other side of the Tech3 garage, Hafizh Syahrin is keen to make up for his Barcelona crash, which occurred as he was fighting for the top ten: “I want to finish the race in the points again and try to do as well as I did in Barcelona from FP1 to race day before I crashed. I hope I can do well there, as I know from last year, that the Yamaha bike works really well there. Furthermore, I hope the conditions will be pleasant as well. I keep working hard on myself and try to be ready with the team from FP1. I want to fight for the best rookie spot and aim to go to Q2 for the first time."​​​​​​​

Translated by Heather Watson

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