Johann Zarco 'fighting my own bike' in MotoGP struggles

Tech3 Yamaha rider Johann Zarco says he was having to "fight with my own bike" in last weekend's Misano MotoGP round as his slump in form continued

Johann Zarco 'fighting my own bike' in MotoGP struggles

Zarco, who was targeting the runner-up position in the championship behind runaway leader Marc Marquez after a strong start to the year, has now dropped to seventh following his ride to 10th in last weekend's San Marino Grand Prix.

The Frenchman has failed to finish higher than seventh since crashing out of the lead of his home race at Le Mans in May, and has fallen behind LCR Honda man Cal Crutchlow in the battle to be this year's top privateer in the standings.

"I know the weak point we have," he said. "You are going into the corner like the others, you open the throttle exactly the same as the others and you lose time.

"It's difficult to accept but I have to accept [it] and then keep working and try to find always enjoyment on the bike and a good feeling.

"During the practice we are able to have that feeling more or less but then during the race you have to do many laps in a row, then there is a moment it becomes so, so difficult.

"I am behind the others and [suddenly] I cannot stay with the others.

"That's the point that makes me sad when I'm racing, to feel that there's no way of pushing.

"I'm not fighting with the other guys. I'm fighting with my own bike, that's not good."

Zarco also denied that his choice of the soft tyres front and rear played a part in him failing to stay on the pace at Misano.

"It was the right choice because I don't have many options," he said.

"We are too much on the limit and if you take another tyre then you lose grip.

"And if you lose grip the bike becomes impossible to ride, so I don't want that."

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