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MotoGP, Zarco: "Marquez made up for problems, but maybe it's best not to be like him"

Johann after Mugello: "Marc made up really well for the Honda's problems, but we're not all like him, and maybe it's best  to identify and correct the bike's weaknesses."

MotoGP: Zarco:

Johann Zarco was the best of the Honda riders during the Mugello weekend, thanks to a 15th place in the Sprint Race and a 19th in the Italian Grand Prix. Results for which the transalpine rider can't certainly be proud and that, once again, demonstrate the difficulties encountered by the Japanese manufacturer in restoring competitiveness to the RC213V, despite the help they received from the concessions and all the efforts made by the riders and engineers.

"It was a difficult race. Seeing your opponents in front of you without being able to follow them to score a point is frustrating. We have to struggle a lot with the bike to keep up with the others," Zarco admitted after the race, as reported by Paddock-GP.

The 33-year-old rider was well aware of the huge challenge ahead of him when he decided to leave Ducati's Pramac team to join LCR, but he probably didn't expect to struggle as much in this first third of the season either. Seven rounds in which the Honda armada put together a meager haul of 19 points. Just over half of the 36 collected by Yamaha's rivals, which preceded it in fourth and second-to-last place in the Constructors standings. It's hard to believe he'll be climbing back up the ladder anytime soon, but the Cannes native knows the progress he needs to make so as not lose heart along the way.

"First, we need to take small steps to get back into the fight for points," he said, "Significant changes are needed to get into the top ten. I don't know what they are yet, but we need to set smaller goals so we don't lose motivation."

There is no denying that losing Marc Marquez was a blow to Honda, which found itself having to make up for the absence of the man who, for eleven consecutive seasons, was its reference in MotoGP. The man who was able to get the most out of the RC213V, even in the most complicated moments, achieving results that were impossible for other riders of the brand. For Johann, however,  the fact that the eight-time world champion is leaving could be more of an opportunity than a disadvantage.

"Marc made up very well for the problems with the bike, but we're not all like himMaybe it's best not to be like Marc, to identify and correct the weaknesses of the bike," he noted, hoping that this new course will succeed in bringing the Japanese manufacturer back to the top.


Translated by Leila Myftija

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