This Thursday, June 16, 2022, johann zarco answered questions from journalists at the Sachsenring circuit ahead of the German Grand Prix.
The French pilot occupies the 4th position in the world ranking of Barcelona.
johann zarco : “Nothing in particular to say at the Sachsenring. Last year, I have good memories with pole position. The race had been interesting, but I hadn’t been able to do a very good race, as if we were missing something, and that was a shame. I have more this feeling of wanting to make up for this kind of mistake from last year. It was a kind of strategy that we had established with the team, and it had not worked very well.
So, it’s a special circuit! It’s positive for us not to have Marc this weekend, clearly, it’s one more place to get on the podium, and maybe make history by taking the victory after him (laughs)! These are my first thoughts before starting the race weekend.
Now I know my bike better and better, we were able to see it in Barcelona, where I was able to try different things. I am quite fast with different settings, which means that I feel more and more comfortable with the bike. I really hope that we will work even better here. »
Were you able to analyze with your team why the hard tire did not give you an advantage at the end of the race in Barcelona?
“Yeah. I was really hoping to get a lead by the halfway point, or even in the last five laps. What we could see was that just going with the pace of the first guys, he was asking too much out of that rear tire. As he lacked grip on the side, I had to skate a lot, not skate too much, but skate a lot to keep up with the others, and I burned the wheel more than expected. But I couldn’t give up and wait. So it’s a good thing I was the only one who he had a decent race on the hard rear tyre, but I didn’t have the advantage that we could have had. »
Isn’t it because the race was faster than last year?
“No, I think the pace was slower than what we had last year. We knew it would be somewhere around 40, and during testing I think I was able to do a little bit of 40, so we really believed it was going to work. Maybe the race conditions were a bit different, but we didn’t expect the medium to work so well for the others either, so we had a change between Saturday and Sunday. »
Apart from Jack Miller’s departure to KTM, is there still no news about the future of Ducati?
“I think we are well aligned at Ducati, and there is also this situation with Bastianini, Martin, and I am there too! I think Ducati has a choice and they are not in a hurry to make the right decision, also because bringing someone to a factory team is an important thing: it would be easier to just look at the results, but it is too big a constructor to judge. that alone. They also have to take into account many other things. Personally I am very good with Pramac and yes this should continue. We will see that there is one more place. If I win the next three races, or both before the break, then maybe it’ll give the factory a problem, they’ll say ‘Oh, another one! (Laughter). »
Are you going to use pieces tested in Barcelona here?
“I haven’t talked to my mechanics and technicians yet to see if we are going to use anything from the Barcelona test, but the base of the bike and its potential are still very high. What we tested was interesting, so I have to see, but I think I will have a bike that is technically more similar to the one I used during the race weekend than the one I used in the test. »
What do you think of Jack Miller’s move to KTM?
“At KTM, I had a difficult experience two years ago, then I was very impressed with the change made in 2020 – they made a winning bike! Also last year, in four races, Oliveira scored 80 points. This year they fight much more than last season, and these KTM ups and downs are something special, and maybe at Ducati we will have a little more consistency. Now we have a lot of bikes, but we have shown, or Ducati has shown, that they can have great consistency.
As for Jack going there, that’s a challenge anyway! »