This Thursday, June 23, 2022 Johann Zarko He answered questions from reporters from TT Circuit Assen ahead of the Dutch Grand Prix.
Finishing second in Germany, the French rider finished third in the MotoGP World Championship in the summer holiday event.
As usualWe provide words here Johann Zarko Without any formatting, even if partially translated (vouvoiement in English, tu in French).
How do you see the first 10 races of the season?
Johann Zarko: ” I’m happy with the way things are going for me, in this first half, because I didn’t start like I started the 21st season with two straight tops in Qatar last year. But I try to focus on every weekend, to give the maximum power possible, and I try to control the Ducati well. Sometimes the 2022 bike is a little harder to fix so the races sometimes get more difficult, but the results have been in the last few races and that’s why I’m really happy. »
Were you impressed by the speed and consistency of the Quartararo?
” What is impressive about Fabio, apart from the minor technical aspect of driving, is his ability to carry the weight of being world champion and the need to win a second title. You have a lot of pressure, just being alone, you put more pressure on yourself because you know you can win, so you want to win again, and then all the people ask you, and they wait for you to win. And now he’s doing that, so it’s impressive that you have that maturity to dominate the tournament the way he does. In addition, I was able to see really well in Catalonia, and even more so at Sachsenring, the speed he went through in difficult conditions, when it was very hot and all the riders were struggling with the tire: he has a speed that can follow at the start, there is a point where you have to Slow down because you can’t keep up. It seems easy for him! What it does is the beautiful thing about this period, which all pilots want, but not all can. »
How do you feel about completing this 5-4-3-2 streak… Results this weekend?
” Easier said than done, but why not? It would be great to follow this logic. I think the tough weather we may have this weekend can help me save energy physically. With the wet tires, I enjoy the bike more because you need less power to bring the bike into the corner, so for me, tough conditions can be great, to fit that logic. We’ll see. On top of that, if we know it’s going to rain during the FP2 and FP3 sessions, that would be kind of a strategy to push from FP1 to actually qualify for Q2. In the end, the weekend stays the same: going straight into the second quarter to prepare well to qualify, then being in the first row, because every time you start in the first row, it gives you a higher chance of getting on the podium. So we’ll see how it goes. Also with this new gift on Ducati, where there is a quick chicane, I think the gift could help compared to last year. And if we had that better feeling, I could be competitive. »
Does Mandalika’s Wet Stand Give You Confidence If It’s Wet On Sunday?
” yes. Mandalika was a special race: heavy rain and torrential, but very hot. If it rains this weekend it will be very cold so it’s a different story with the tires and the feel on the track. But, we had the biggest downpour in Portugal and I felt really good. I like these conditions and the way they allow me to feel the bike really well, without using body power, which is why I appreciate them more rounded. »
Are you about to re-sign or give your consent? Are you excited to continue with Ducati after mutual faith in 2020?
“We have a very good relationship, first of all because I’m the only person I talk to, without any manager, because I have my own story and I’m old enough to talk to them directly. They know how I think, they know the chance to stay with Ducati is the best thing for me.” To build results and go to victory.Having a Ducati factory in the Pramac team is already a very good thing for me so go on with Ducati, even if he’s not signed, it’s just words but it’s almost 100% certain.It would be a bad surprise not to have a contract.After That, I think they know more or less all the riders who will be with Ducati, but they are not yet 100% sure who will put in. As a joke, I told Chapatti and Dalygna that if they were hesitating between an Italian and a Spaniard, they could shoot in the middle and grab the Frenchman (laughs) It’s as if they agree but they have a lot to consider.Knowing I feel very good in Pramac, there are also ties with Campinoti: When the Satellite team with the factory bike do as good as us, it is very good for the Satellite team. They have sponsors They take care of them and can get more support from their sponsors if they have a good driver. Sometimes when a good rider goes to the factory team, they have to rebuild something with someone else. From that point of view it would be nice to stay with Pramac and, on the other hand, the factory team prestige, if I win races and be a title contender it would be better to be on the factory team. But we never know. »
Fans sometimes request a modification of the program, with a sprint sprint to qualify, or the points awarded in the qualification. What do you think?
“Sprint racing is a great show but MotoGP is so intense right now that I can’t see myself racing on Saturday and getting ready for Sunday. The Superpole is probably a great sight to watch, because it’s pure speed during the lap, without anyone helping or following anyone. …maybe a motocross idea is better than a sprint race in my opinion.Then the way we do racing is very interesting:compared to F1 we have a 40min race instead of an hour and a half,and that makes people more alert in front of the TV,which is very important.but maybe Even if we had a shorter race, 30 minutes, why not? It depends on the weekends because after 40 minutes in Sachsenring there are already very big gaps between the drivers and that can be annoying for people watching TV.But for an athlete who is trying his best In the race it’s very interesting because you can do well during training, try everything you can to be as fast as you can, but then the race is another story.And when you put it all together, being fast enough to be on top with Fabio and able on work For racing, this is the perfect combination. If you understand that you have to build a weekend sprint this way, it’s going to be fun, but if it’s just for show, then obviously some things can be moved around. »
The audience returned to Assen. Can you see it while you’re driving, and what does it do for you?
“I was able to see the podium while walking this afternoon. The most beautiful part of the circuit is almost at fifteen and then the last chicane. To be honest, when I enter the last chicane, I don’t take the time to catch a glimpse of the spectators, but here in the Assen of power during Cycling, there were already whole campgrounds quite far from the circuit: 10 kilometers from here there are already a lot of camp sites with people in. That means it will be full, and here in Assen, more than the amphitheater, there are little grassy hills that turn from Green to black when people arrive. It changes the vision, above all from Saturday to Sunday because there are more people on Sunday, and that changes the vision.”
Are you feeling less pressure than before, especially last year when you are once again the best Ducati racer?
“No, there is no bad pressure because the weekends are very intense and I am really focused on performing every day and as long as I am doing well I get good results. And as I said, because I feel very good with the Pramac team, everyone knows that the factory team One step away from some kind of dream, and they know my situation very well, so I have no pressure. I said it at the beginning of the year, I hope the results are good enough for us to continue together and well taken into account, I can tell they are doing well Extremely, so I have no negative feelings or thoughts with everything you see.”
Do you think the GP22 is now at its peak with its new look?
“GP 22 is at an impressive level when you see the lap times we can do in qualifying, and the way Pecco is driving is really amazing. I think this is really the best performance you can see from bike and rider, from a combination of everything. But maybe, I say sometimes. , a bit sensitive sometimes.This sensitivity can be a reason for Pecco’s downfall: he can go really fast but if everything isn’t really perfect, you might have some kind of surprise.Sometimes that surprise costs a lot because Pecco completely lost the race in That moment. Maybe that’s why I didn’t feel comfortable enough to avoid that kind of surprise. But when you want to avoid that, you lose speed. It’s a really difficult balance.”
Why were you so tired after the race at Sachsenring?
“Maybe because we are ten years apart (with Fabio) (laughs). No, it’s my style at the moment to ride that way. I’d like to be more relaxed to enjoy the race more, but at times the results come that way. If I slow down a little bit, I won’t have the speed Anymore, the goal is to get up to speed, even with a little or a lot of pain. Then you have time to recover. It’s hard to manage but I really try to train as best I can and always be prepared. Maybe, I hope, I’ll have a second wind in The second half of the season after a good five-week break by managing my physical condition well. I’ll see, I can’t predict anything at all.
At Sachsenring I think, like the other drivers, they couldn’t see it much during the race, but the heat ruined us more than you can see. It was so hot, it was windy, and if you didn’t do anything, you’d say “Okay, it’s hot.” But when the race was over, just having a good recovery time was a sign that the weather was probably very hot. »