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Difficult Start for Zarco on Day One in Le Mans
Circuit: Le Mans
Circuit Length: 4.185 m
Bike # 5 - Johann Zarco
FP1: P13; 1'39.164 - 22 laps
FP2: P17; 1'39.152 - 16 laps
Bike # 2 - Josh Herrin
FP1: P30; 1'41.360 - 22 laps
FP2: P30; 1'40.307 - 24 laps
FP1: (Conditions) Dry; (air temp) 16°, (track temp) 22°
FP2: (Conditions) Dry; (air temp) 22°, (track temp) 41°
The first day of practice at the French circuit of Le Mans saw the top 15 riders separated by less than one second throughout FP1 and FP2.
Frenchman Johann Zarco got off to a difficult start at his home Grand Prix as he struggled with the feeling on his #5 Caterham Suter throughout the two 45 minute sessions, improving in time but not position.
Meanwhile teammate Josh Herrin made his return to the team after recovering from a broken collarbone. Steadily chipping away at his time the American worked hard to put in the laps and get to grips with another new track.
"Today has been a little disappointing because I'm quite far down in the classification. For sure we can say it's less than one second and everyone is so close but my aim as always is to be at the top.
"I'm not able to be very fast because we have an issue on the bike that we are trying to fix. We made a big change to it in FP2 but unfortunately the problem is still there and so the lap times are not coming. We know the Caterham Suter is very sensitive but the team are working hard to find a solution and I'm confident that we can progress.
"I won't give up this is for sure, so we will see tomorrow. I am able to be fast here and I don't feel any pressure with it being the French Grand Prix, so we will continue to work hard and hopefully Saturday will be a better day."
"It's the first time I've been back on the bike since Texas and my arm felt really good so I'm pleased about that.
"Riding at a new track is always a little difficult to start with and it means the first day is more about learning than lap times. This can make the rest of the weekend feel more like a catch up game, which is why I think come race day I am always at my best.
"I need to find a better mind-set for practice like I would do for the race, try not to stress too much, enjoy it more and just get into a rhythm.
"The track here at Le Mans is definitely more physically demanding as it's quite tight, but it's fun to ride and it's got a good layout. Each session we are picking up the pace and I am feeling more comfortable so hopefully tomorrow we can continue to improve and go quicker again."