And to think that at the start of the season he risked being more than just a threat to Marc Marquez. In actual fact, as of the Le Mans round, Johann Zarco disappeared from the radar. He has not reached the podium, a double seventh-place finish his best result.
As the championship heads into its final stages, the Tech3 rider has one clear goal that he wants to achieve: “The target now is to ensure the best place for the first independent rider. The championship is tight between Crutchlow, Petrucci and me, so this is the first goal to be clever, take the points and finish in front of them till the end of the year."
The Spanish track has some hidden pitfalls though: “it’s a track I like, because even if I was fighting hard there, it’s always so good to ride these fast and nice corners. We don’t know the weather yet, but normally it should be dry as usual in Spain. This year I seem to find issues in many places, so maybe it’s a good sign that this might be the track where I struggle less."
Still in the Tech3 camp, and Hafizh Syahrin is fighting for the title of Rookie of the Year. Right now, the Malaysian is just two points from Franco Morbidelli, also as a result of the Misano weekend, where he had to settle for 19th place: “I’m really looking forward to arrive in Aragón because the last two races I was not really good. I hope that I can find a good feeling with the bike during this last race weekend in Europe before we head over to the Asian and Australian rounds. I hope to arrive in Aragón with a good feeling and my body prepared 100 percent."