Japan Grand Prix awaits Monster Yamaha Tech3 pair
With a fantastic fifth place from the very first Thailand GP in his pocket, Johann Zarco arrives in Motegi, Japan this week with high hopes. As with this positive boost the French star aims to claim back the lead in the independent riders championship from Cal Crutchlow and Danilo Petrucci during the first of three back-to-back rounds in Asia and Australia.
Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Hafizh Syahrin is on a mission as well. In the 16th MotoGP race of his career he arrives with great memories, as the Motegi Circuit is one of his favourite tracks, plus the Malaysian rookie lands in Japan after a promising top 12 result in Buriram, targeting another points scoring position. The action is set to commence at 9.55 local time (2.55 CET) on Friday with FP1.
Championship: 8th – Points: 123
“Motegi is a very nice track in Japan. I got great memories there from the 125cc Category in 2011, the title in 2015 and the pole position last year. Sometimes I forget that I got the pole there last year. I think if we have dry conditions during the weekend, for me it would be the first time on dry surface with the Yamaha because last year the entire weekend was wet, but anyway, I think I can get some good results there. I don’t know if I can be close to the race winner like in Thailand, but after this great Sunday in Buriram I for sure wish to be back up there again. Another top 5 would be fantastic. Being the first independent rider is anyway the main target, so let’s see. The track is good and the circuit of the big manufacturers like Yamaha, Honda and Suzuki. There’s always a special atmosphere, also in the paddock. I just look forward to go fast on this circuit.”