Zarco: Michelin’s special tyre hampering Yamaha

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider Johann Zarco feels the teams progress for this weekends Austrian MotoGP has been hampered by less edge grip from Michelin’s special tyre specification.

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After Fridays wet FP2 session, Zarco was the fastest Yamaha rider (1’37.361 3.366) but a lowly ninth place well off the pace set by off timesheet-topper Andrea Dovizioso for Ducati with his time of 1’33.995.

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Zarco is of the opinion that the reduced edge grip from the tyres is not working for him and feels that he is already pushing his Yamaha to its ‘maximum’.

“In the dry, we feel that the tyres are not the same as last year because we know our bike and having the same bike that was working well last year and it was not working well this morning,” Zarco said.

“So we need to work but it is difficult to find what to improve as we are at the maximum of what we are doing. It was a bit disappointing to not be fast like last year.

“I believe in the work we can do in the dry and I feel a lot of things on this track so I believe we need to work on very small things. I have many things I can say to the data guy and the technician to be ready for the dry conditions.

“At the moment it is good to be in this position as at least I am in Q2 but nine-tenths from Dovi on this short track is too much.

“To get this constant feeling during the race we have lost grip on the edge grip. We know that but here it is even more because like Michelin said edge grip is something less on this track because they don’t think it is necessary but for the Yamaha it is necessary.”

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