Johann Zarco executed a highly memorable qualifying performance to seal pole position for the Motul TT Assen. The French rider kicked off the day by storming to 5th in the morning practice, but his FP2 time left him 8th in the combined standings and able to progress through to QP2. Here, he powered onwards as the track began to dry before eventually soaring to a superb lap time in the final moments of the session that placed him at the head of the field.
— Johann Zarco (@JohannZarco1) June 24, 2017
“Pole position is a great thing and when you see your name on top of the time sheets, it is an awesome feeling”, Johann Zarco commented
“Today it rained for almost the entire day, but in FP4 it was more or less dry, and then suddenly there was a downpour. At this time, I decided to stay out on the track in order to understand the conditions and to collect as much information as possible in order to give me a good chance in the qualifying.”
“Then, in Q2, the track started to dry a little bit and I like this kind of situation so I realised that I could make a difference. I pushed on the last lap. Plus I felt strong and in the end, everything went so well. I am happy and I know that I need to use this opportunity tomorrow to try and get a podium, which is my target. I think I am ready for any weather condition. Either way, it should be cold so I can use the soft tyre and that will be beneficial.”
“I said on Thursday that starting from the first two rows is important so that I can fight for the podium, and I will start from pole which is the biggest advantage so let’s see what happens.”
— MotoGP™??? (@MotoGP) June 24, 2017