MotoGP rookie Johann Zarco insists consistency is the key this weekend as he prepares for the American Grand Prix in Austin.
The Frenchman produced a stunning ride in Qatar before a small mistake saw him crash whilst leading the race, before producing a mature and sensible ride in Argentina to secure his first points in MotoGP with a very impressive fifth place.
The two-time Moto2 World Champion said that he is feeling very confident with the feeling he currently has on his Monster Yamaha Tech3 YZR-M1, but acknowledges this weekend presents a very different challenge to last time out.
“The Circuit of the Americas is impressive and I am confident that I can seal a good result there with my Yamaha,” said the 26-year-old.
“The layout is demanding because there are twenty corners and it’s certainly physical. However, I have a good record in Texas and I have finished on the podium twice in the past two years in Moto2. At the moment, my feeling on the YZR-M1 bike is great and after the fifth place finish in Argentina, I want to stay on this level.”
Whilst the Frenchman says that he is feeling extremely confident on his Yamaha, he also appreciates that one mistake at COTA could take corners to fix, with the fast, flowing nature of the opening sector of the track.
“Yet, when we start, I will stay relaxed and I will work with the team and on myself because, at this venue, it’s vital to understand the direction that we need to head towards as there are so many corners. If you make one small mistake, it takes almost half a lap to recover, so therefore, it’s more important to work on the rider and to find the perfect line on the asphalt, rather than focusing too much on finding the ideal setup,” he said.
“Nevertheless, I am keen to race in America, and I will go there with a high level of motivation because, at the moment, my feeling is wonderful.”
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