Johann Zarco finds the way in Qatar

Johann Zarco

Johann Zarco

MEDIA RELEASE: The 2016 preseason came to an end this Sunday at the Losail International Circuit.

For the third consecutive day, Johann Zarco was able to improve his feeling with his bike, his fastest lap and his pace, to feel well prepared for the first race of the year.

The Ajo Motorsport rider lapped below 2:00 for the first time, and his best contribution of a 1:59.979 earned him eighth position for Sunday. In the combined timesheet for the three days, he was also eighth.

The Frenchman was keen not to miss a single minute of the last day of preseason testing. Today, Zarco completed a total of 61 laps, more than on any of the previous two days.

A time of 2:00.822 in the first hour was the prelude to his best time of the test, set in the second session.

His 1:59.979 lap earned him fourth in session, on a day in which he was much happier with his pace than with his fastest lap. In the final hour, the Ajo Motorsport rider was just 3 tenths off his fastest time.

After the final three days of testing in Qatar, Johann Zarco and Ajo Motorsport turn their attention to the buildup to the Qatar GP, which opens the 2016 season next weekend.

The event, which runs from March 24th to 27th, begins the Frenchman’s defence of his Moto2 title.

Results – Combined Standings Day 3
1. Sam Lowes (Kalex) 1:59.405
2. Thomas Luthi (Kalex) 1:59.608 +0.203
3. Jonas Folger (Kalex) 1:59.652 +0.247
4. Alex Rins (Kalex) 1:59.762 +0.357
5. Lorenzo Baldassarri (Kalex) 1:59.770 +0.365
8. Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) 1:59.979 +0.574
Results – Combined Standings Day 1-2-3
1. Sam Lowes (Kalex) 1:59.405
2. Thomas Luthi (Kalex) 1:59.608 +0.203
3. Jonas Folger (Kalex) 1:59.652 +0.247
4. Alex Rins (Kalex) 1:59.762 +0.357
5. Lorenzo Baldassarri (Kalex) 1:59.770 +0.365
8. Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) 1:59.979 +0.574