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Motorsport | MotoGP

Zarco targets Le Mans success



Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rookie Johann Zarco heads to his home MotoGP event at Le Mans this weekend hoping to keep up the form that saw him just miss out on a podium last time out at Jerez.

With 11 laps to go at Jerez on May 7, the 26-year-old Zarco was in a podium position until triple world champion Jorge Lorenzo got past him to finish third while the Frenchman finished in a personal best fourth position.

Zarco currently sits sixth in the MotoGP standings with 35 points well behind Yamaha's Valentino Rossi with 62 at the top of the pile.

Double Moto2 champion Zarco said in an interview that he was excited to be racing at Le Man's in what could be a weekend of 'Zarco-mania'.

"I am excited about racing in my home country because the beginning of this season has been superb so far in MotoGP with the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team," Zarco said. "As a result, I think that the French fans are waiting for me and for this event.

"There is some pressure but I tried to manage it at home, in the week before the GP, where I rested and saved the positive energy.

"The first three venues that we have visited this year are much bigger than Le Mans, but the Bugatti circuit is small like the Jerez track. In addition, I have the advantage of knowing that because I had a good feeling in Spain, I can have a great feeling in France.

"I will fight for the best position and possibly even a top three because I am always getting closer and closer to the rostrum, which is the main target. I aim to have a strong race and then fight for the podium to make the Tech 3 team, myself and all the French fans happy."



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