Rossi in Misano, Espargaro and Rins in Barcelona, and now Zarco, who after the “warm-up” on the Alès track (fascinating but decidedly small track for a maxi) went to do things seriously also turning at Catalunya, always with the Ducati Panigale V4S. The story changes, as seen from the onboard video released on the French pilot’s Facebook profile: 321km / h top speed at the end of the Barcelona straight, and then a breathtaking ride all in high gears.
Leaving aside the considerations on the difference between an amateur and a MotoGP rider – who was probably little more than going for a walk – Zarco himself spoke of a useful training to regain confidence with the speeds, but also to accustom the physique to the temperatures that it will meet shortly when it comes to running in Jerez de la Frontera in a period when the World Cup (precisely for these reasons) never runs over there. Andalusìa is a true summer furnace, with temperatures often and willingly around if not above 40 °.
Problems for motorcycles and especially tires, but also for riders who will find themselves racing in extreme conditions. Expect other specific workouts …