Zarco: "No solution" to Yamaha's bike problems

Tech 3 rider Johann Zarco has said there is "no solution" to Yamaha's recent problems in MotoGP following another dismal showing for the brand at Aragon.

Zarco: "No solution" to Yamaha's bike problems

Yamaha is now amid a 23-race winless streak in MotoGP, and the Iwata-based manufacturer has failed to even score a podium finish in the past four race weekends.

Zarco, along with factory riders Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales, has also struggled for most of the season despite a strong start, failing to take a top-six result since Jerez in May.

Yamaha's long-standing rear traction issues were accentuated at Aragon, owing to both the layout of the track and high temperatures, and Zarco insists there is nothing he or his Tech 3 crew to combat the issue.

"There is no solution because if you try to go fast into the corner you slide," said Zarco. "If you try to slow down to have better acceleration, the bike doesn't have acceleration so then I don't know where can I go.

"We know that with the team, since now a long time and we know that we have to play with it, to ride with it.

"The problem is when you are in that position I am now, it is sad because you give all what you have to give and then you even wonder if you are okay or not as a rider."

Zarco had his worst race result of the year so far at Aragon, where he finished 14th. The Frenchman said he "can't enjoy" riding his two-year-old Yamaha bike as he wasn't even able to be part of a group fighting for 10th.

"I had a good start and could fight a little bit [Danilo] Petrucci, that was fun at the beginning on the race, but immediately this first group, it was seven riders I think, they were going away and I could not follow them.

"Then for me the race has been worse and worse, every lap.

"Then fighting for the 10th position with [Franco] Morbidelli, Bradley [Smith], it was also [Takaaki] Nakagami and [Maverick] Vinales, it could be fun but I am struggling too much to fight.

"That is pretty sad because I would like at least to enjoy but I am fighting against the bike more than what I can ride it.

"It is too many races that I am in this situation but I need to every time give the best and hope that for the next races I can have a better feeling maybe thanks to a different track."

Zarco reckons his good form at the end of 2017 and in the beginning of 2018 was down to him reaching the full potential of his bike, but added that the others have caught up since then.

"From last year and the way we begin the season this year, I think we were using most of the time 100 percent of the bike, better than what the others were doing," he said.

"But now this 100 percent is not enough, and this makes the biggest difference, because I cannot find other reasons."

Additional reporting by German Garcia Casanova

shares
comments
Pedrosa: Aragon win bid possible with same tyres as Marquez

Previous article

Pedrosa: Aragon win bid possible with same tyres as Marquez

Next article

Espargaro: Aprilia can't be fooled by Aragon result

Espargaro: Aprilia can't be fooled by Aragon result
Load comments
How Ducati has developed MotoGP's most versatile bike Prime

How Ducati has developed MotoGP's most versatile bike

His third place at Misano made Enea Bastianini the fifth different Ducati-mounted rider to score a podium in 2021. Amid a season that has seen one rider amass the bulk of Yamaha and Honda's success, the Ducati's versatility makes for a potent weapon, but the contribution of a former leading light shouldn't be forgotten

MotoGP
Sep 23, 2021
The next steps in the rebuilding of a stalled MotoGP career Prime

The next steps in the rebuilding of a stalled MotoGP career

Maverick Vinales’ early debut with Aprilia has been one of the most interesting plots of the recent MotoGP rounds. The results may not look standout on paper, but a closer inspection reveals just how much progress Vinales has truly made in understanding a bike that has taken him well out of his “comfort zone”.

MotoGP
Sep 22, 2021
Why Misano was a pivotal race for MotoGP's present and future Prime

Why Misano was a pivotal race for MotoGP's present and future

On a day each of the podium trio could claim to be the star of the show, the San Marino GP will be remembered as a pivotal race in both MotoGP's present and future. While Fabio Quartararo demonstrated his world title credentials just behind Francesco Bagnaia's flawless victory charge, a new threat emerged from the shadows

MotoGP
Sep 20, 2021
How Ducati's Aragon MotoGP win harks to its past and its future Prime

How Ducati's Aragon MotoGP win harks to its past and its future

Duelling against Marc Marquez at the Aragon Grand Prix, Francesco Bagnaia came out on top to secure a long overdue MotoGP victory. As Marquez likened Bagnaia to a Ducati title contender of old, it appears the Italian rider could finally start to fight for wins on a more regular basis

MotoGP
Sep 13, 2021
Why Dovizioso is more of a temporary fix than a Yamaha gamble Prime

Why Dovizioso is more of a temporary fix than a Yamaha gamble

OPINION: The return of Andrea Dovizioso to the grid at Misano will be an interesting subplot to the remainder of the 2021 MotoGP season. But the circumstances that have led to the former Ducati rider ending his sabbatical point to his signing being one more of convenience than a long-term commitment

MotoGP
Sep 8, 2021
Why the British GP was a triumph for MotoGP Prime

Why the British GP was a triumph for MotoGP

OPINION: The 2021 British Grand Prix was a historic day for MotoGP. At the centre of it was Aleix Espargaro on the Aprilia after securing its first podium in the modern MotoGP era. It was something of a full-circle moment that highlighted just how far MotoGP has come in the last decade

MotoGP
Aug 30, 2021
Why Silverstone should be regarded as MotoGP's rightful UK home Prime

Why Silverstone should be regarded as MotoGP's rightful UK home

OPINION: Many of the UK’s MotoGP fans would prefer Donington Park to host the British GP beyond the expiry of Silverstone's current deal. But the track's fast, flowing circuit provides the best racing and should be regarded as its best bet for the foreseeable future

MotoGP
Aug 26, 2021
How Marc Marquez is facing his toughest challenge in MotoGP Prime

How Marc Marquez is facing his toughest challenge in MotoGP

The 2020 MotoGP season was an enthralling affair, but few would argue with you if you thought the world championship was a poorer place without Marc Marquez. In an exclusive interview, he explains the challenges he's faced in his comeback from injury and what he makes of the current MotoGP landscape.

MotoGP
Aug 23, 2021