This Thursday, September 15, 2022, Johann Zarco answered the questions of journalists from the Motorland Aragon circuit before the Aragon Grand Prix.
The French driver came from five difficult days in Misano and now occupies the 5th place in the world ranking.
As usualwe report here the words of Johann Zarco without any formatting, even if it is partially translated (using you for English, you for French).
This circuit is favorable to Ducati, very favorable for you?
Johann Zarco “That’s what you said (laughs)! I’m very different from the other riders and I don’t feel the same, but it’s a good circuit where I think we can come back again thanks to the good power we have, even if the other bikes are good. . But the main thing of the weekend is the return of Marc: I think he is at the top and will almost fight for the podium, because he is simply magical here and he has a lot of energy to give. I’m happy to change circuits because we did five days in Misano and I never had the good feeling that I can sometimes. And even during the test we worked well, but in still with difficult feelings for me and not the possibility to really enjoy the bike. That’s why I’m happy to change circuits and be more innovative in terms of feeling to get good results. The start change of time, kakah after the summer vacation, with Silverstone and Misano, well even if Silverstone didn’t pay for me, but I had hard feelings in Misano and even during the test I had difficulties in addition to a hard feeling . So I want to enjoy this circuit and just use the Ducati well. When I see Pecco winning races, and even Bastianini’s last lap which is amazing, it only gives me the motivation to do it myself. I hope so! I don’t know when, but I’m kind of ready for it. »
Did Ducati bring many innovations during the Misano test?
“I’m not going to say a lot of new things because we’re just trying different settings and different things. I was very easy on everything we tried so I was positive that I could adjust to any set-up on the bike, but we never found where I could say “OK, this is my bike”. At least, as far as Misano is concerned. As I said, the one we tested for me was quite positive, but not all pilots have the same comment. For Pecco, because he feels so good now, trying something else for himself, he doesn’t want to encounter any problem because he feels that what he has is good. While I, just talking about Misano, can only be positive with some changes, because the base bike was not good for me in Misano. But I think having eight drivers giving different feedback will help for Gigi and the others. »
Do you think the test at Misano will be a kind of distraction for Pecco, while he is driving perfectly at the weekend?
“I think with experience you have to control those kinds of emotions. In Misano, it’s his home circuit and so it’s a kind of super training to do. We always complain that we can’t ride or we try to ride bikes, but it’s not the same as MotoGP. There, we had two days with good track conditions and MotoGP, so that’s what we love! I think he really took this extra practice to can control his bike. »
If you’re about half a second off the clock: is it something you can do or is it the settings?
“It’s always a combination of things but half a second in the qualifying lap is something where a driver can make a difference. Then the tweaks help you repeat that lap time with less power, so the tweaks help you get that consistency that you sometimes lack. »
Is Motorland Aragon a circuit you like?
I think it’s good to find a good circuit, because as difficult as Misano is for me, we can say that it allows a change of scenery with a different track.
Clearly, where I had a bad performance last year, but I didn’t stay with that because it changes every year, and I want to work on the technique, the pilot, not so much headache for nothing, and that is by applying it. works. I’m hoping to do that here and it will be nice to see the weather where it’s usually a little cold and the right side of the tire is a little hard. If the temperatures are good, this will allow you to become more confident quickly. »
Having a bit of trouble with Misano, have you found any solutions during the test?
” No ! The tests are used to test new things and we also make a lot of different changes. I manage to be efficient and fast enough in any option, but not as comfortable as I would like. And at the end, I was tired because the first day was still very hot. This year, Misano is not for me! As Schwantz once said “what do you like most about Japan? That’s when I take my bags and go home “, in Misano I think it’s the same (laughs). »
Psychologically, how do you prepare for each race?
“The experience! Experience, because thinking too much before a race is not good. It’s definitely bike time. After all, I think there is a way at the end of the week to stay completely in your subject, or sometimes to get out of it, and if you get out of it, it’s not good. Here you need to focus everything on one thing. I’ve done this in the past and sometimes I’ll do it again, but sometimes when the going gets tough, I have a hard time sticking to it because I get upset, and I walk out. In the end, it was worse. So, yes, a kind of “putting everything, head and body, for something” and not letting go. But here it is, it’s also not good to make it over the top. You have to have a free spirit to pay for some things. »
Is it difficult, with three consecutive Grands Prix coming now?
“It’s good that you don’t go off topic. After that, let’s say we’ll start, but at least we won’t have time to go and spread out somewhere else, because when we go abroad we’ll be alone with the person who came with us. We still make great trips and that, I, through experience, it brings me well. »
During the test, were you the one who tried most of the Ducati stuff?
“Not at all. Then, there, for example for Misano, in some tests I was more favorable because I had a lot of problems and I didn’t get away from it, when I tried other things I was more positive, while a Pecco went well in what he has normal with the fear of trying something else. That’s all, they have two different mentalities and it’s interesting for engineers too. I, thanks to the bad results, I am almost more open. Well, I call it bad results but in fact I have only missed one race since we resumed. Even at the point I only got 11 points for fifth place, but the recovery after the summer was very good and we can say that I just missed Misano. But when we miss one, we make a whole drama out of it. »
Do you have a technical problem?
” No ! No ! After that, I started to warm up the lap very slowly and I didn’t warm up my clutch. It’s possible, because we noticed that when it warms up a little, it grips more. There might be a little bit of that, because because in the picture it is a failed start, but in the clock it is the other faster and faster to start. So it is not easy to manage. »