Monster Yamaha’s Johann Zarco has targeted a maiden MotoGP podium in front of his home crowd at this weekend’s Le Mans round after a strong opening to the 2017 season.
Zarco has been easily the fastest of the rookies this year and currently sits in sixth place as the leading independent rider despite a non-finish at the first race in Qatar.
“The French Grand Prix is coming up and for sure, it will be a very interesting weekend. 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 Tech3 team. As a result, I think that the French fans are waiting for me and for this event,” aaid Zarco.
“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 Tech3 team, myself and all the French fans happy.”