MotoGP 2024
Round 1

First Sprint for Johann Zarco with the LCR

qa Lusail International Circuit

CASTROL Honda LCR rider Johann Zarco has finished 16th on Saturday's Sprint at the Lusail International Circuit.

First Sprint for Johann Zarco with the LCR

Starting from the 13th position of the grid, Frenchman Zarco faced the 11 laps Sprint, and despite losing some positions on the first lap, he immediately recovered his spot and fought for the Top 10. However, a lack of feeling with the bike at the last stages prevented him from nailing the job, and finally crossed the line 16th. The team will now analyze the data to make a step forward ahead of Sunday's race. 

IDEMITSU Honda LCR rider Takaaki Nakagami has finished 19th. 

Starting from the 19th spot of the grid, the Japanese had to face a comeback Sprint to grab some points and despite making a good start and fighting against rivals, he felt some chattering at the last laps and couldn't recover positions.
To look at the bright side, Sprint's information will be helpful to make a step forward ahead of tomorrow's race.

Johann Zarco
Johann Zarco 5
Despite the last two laps, in which I've lost some positions, the Sprint has been quite optimistic for us. I've managed to fight, be in the game with my rivals, and gather much information. At the end of the Sprint, I felt some chattering, which didn't allow me to get to the points. Considering this has just been the first Sprint, we are working on the right way, and we are making progress session after session. 

Takaaki Nakagami
Takaaki Nakagami 30
I had a good pace during the Sprint and felt quite good until the end when I started to suffer due to some chattering. In any case, we've seen some positives today, and overall, many riders have struggled today for the same reason. We've improved our base, which is important. Let's see how Sunday's race goes. Our goal is to get to the points. 

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