Boosted by the four podiums obtained during the first part of the season, Johann Zarco assured that he had the ambition to win when he returned from the summer break.
Johann Zarco rediscovers ambition. Riding a Ducati which dominates MotoGP, notably with Francesco Bagnaia, the Cannes native has won four podiums, including three in France, Italy and then Germany. Results that crown a newfound confidence with his machine, he who had ended the 2022 season with a fall during the Grand Prix of Valencia. ” I really loved this sequence of three podiums. I become more aggressive, more incisive, as beforesaid Johann Zarco in an interview with Canal+. It’s just that I have better control of my bike. I know that I can undertake a maneuver without entering the one in front and having a pile-up. It was a bit my fear at the end of last season. »
If he has climbed the podium 30 times since his debut in the premier category in 2017, victory is stubbornly denied to him. Nevertheless, the former double Moto2 world champion is philosophical and “hopes for this second part of the season”, which will start on August 6 at Silverstone. In his eyes, the key to achieving this will be regularity. ” To build the victory, it was necessary to be on the level of the podium regularly, he admits. Having three in a row is a sign that the speed is starting to be there. »
Zarco: “I almost prefer to be consistent above all else”
It is also on the physical level that Johann Zarco intends to work during the break extended to six weeks after the cancellation of the Grand Prix of Kazakhstan. ” We will have to progress a little, get even better ‘in our pumps’ in the five weeks of break to really have absolute energy and freshness to make the difference in a few Grands Prix in the second half of the season. “But, beyond the victory, it is a very good place in the championship at the end of the season that motivates the Cannes resident. ” I don’t wanna play it all for a win and then chain five zeros, he says. I am nevertheless in a character to be constant. If I win, so much the better but I almost prefer to be constant above all else. »
His stated objective is therefore “to be among the top three” in the championship. For that, beyond consistency, we will have to get good results over the whole weekend, the introduction of the sprint on Saturday having changed the situation. “With the sprint race, we see that when you feel good in a weekend, like Jorge Martín in Germany, it’s 37 points all at once, he recalls. It can make big changes. That’s what I hope to do on some weekends or at least one on the second half of the season. »