"Zarco obstructed me," said Pol Espargarò at the end of FP2 on Friday afternoon. The Frenchman answered back immediately: “I am honestly not surprised by his words. He is one of those riders who always need to find someone to take it out on. I watched his crash on TV and was surprised. Among other things, he was also off the line. This morning, however, I didn't slow him down on purpose, as I had finished my lap and I was returning to the pits. I didn't realize he was behind me. Maybe I wasn't completely off the line, but I'm not a rider who obstructs others. "
This is what Johann Zarco had to say after his ex-teammate pointed the finger at him for his behaviour on the track. Aside from all this controversy, the Frenchman was satisfied with the work done today, to such an extent that he finished FP2 with second quickest time behind Nakagami's Honda.
“It was a positive day, especially in the afternoon - said the Avintia rider - in these days I have thought a lot about how to improve my sensations on the bike and to adapt to the Ducati. In the afternoon I made some changes that allowed me to improve and try to be faster. Maybe my performance over one lap is still not exceptional, but with the soft tyre I managed to be eight tenths faster than seven days ago in the afternoon ".
Also for Johann there was a crash on the Friday.
“I crashed because I missed the braking and it was my mistake as a result. Inside of me I want to improve the Ducati, trying to do it quickly. This weekend I am focusing on riding, trying to go one step at a time. The bike is very strong in acceleration, but I have to look for the right position on the bike, in order to have a natural style, that is what I still miss. As I said, I am working to improve and try to be competitive, since that is our goal ".
On this first day, Zarco also tried to study the other riders.
“Last week I followed Jack, but today I stayed behind Fabio Quartararo for a long time. I always try to take the best of who I find in front of me on the track. Obviously, I would like to ride the Ducati with a fluid style like I did with the Yamaha, although I must say that my confidence is growing and I’m starting to control it. Studying the other riders is very useful for me to understand my strengths and weaknesses. "
Zarco then sets his target for Saturday…
“I have to keep working to try to be competitive and be able to get into Q2. Unfortunately, I struggled last weekend, but inside of me I am aware that my goal is to fight with the leading group. "