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Zarco disappointed as he suffers two crashes on day 2

Written by  Nov 21, 2018

Two crashes on Day 2 at the Valencia Test left Johann Zarco feeling disappointed with his results as he acquaints himself with the RC16 machine for the first time.

“I would say that it was worse than I expected,” reflected the Frenchman, who ended the test down in P20 and 1.752 off Maverick Viñales’ time. “I wanted to improve the lap time more but I could not do it. We were improving the feeling and we got better control of the bike but the speed is not there."

"I’m disappointed with the result today. It’s a shame, I had two crashes but no injuries, which is important, and it helped us to really understand the weak point of our bike and I also understood things about my riding that maybe I will have to change a little bit. Step by step, I’m building up that adventure.”

Fresh off the back of his maiden MotoGP podium, teammate Pol Espargaro was able to complete 47 laps on Day 2 to finish 0.871 from Viñales.

“It’s been tough but it’s been positive,” said the number 44 rider. “Always a test, even if some things go wrong, you can take the positive parts of them. We have tried many things, especially focusing on the electronics because we’ll need to work on it more next so." He said

"It’s been pretty nice. By the end, we wanted to do a fast lap time because it’s what people see, but we had some problems with that. Anyway, I think we have done a good job. We tried many things on the bike. All the staff are happy and have still a lot of things to try. We’ll continue in Jerez.”

Hafizh Syahrin was another KTM rider to crash on Day 2, but what did he make of his first two days on a 2019 RC16? “It was good. We didn’t change many things from yesterday to today but around an hour and a half before finishing we changed something on the front,” began the Malaysian, who managed to get 43 laps under his belt on Day 2 to finish 2.251 off the top.

“We changed the rear suspension. It’s quite a short time for me to understand but we feel better and better,” continued Syahrin.

“We also only used two new tyres for this morning then we changed them for the afternoon and tried to run and understand the bike. The important thing is try to get used to the bike. This is what the team really want and also we want to work hard on the new electronics and new suspension; it’s very different from the other bike. I had a small crash in the afternoon because of the medium tyre, when the temperature was a bit cold and dangerous on the right side. Nothing happened."

"The bike is okay. We’ll try to work step by step before the test in Jerez and come back in a good shape to go a bit faster in the practice."

source: motogp.com

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