Zarco: Pushing bike for a point "better than nothing"

Johann Zarco says pushing his Tech 3 Yamaha bike over the finish line in the San Marino Grand Prix to claim a point for 15th was "better than nothing".

Zarco: Pushing bike for a point "better than nothing"
Johann Zarco, Monster Yamaha Tech 3 pushes his bike over the finish line
Johann Zarco, Monster Yamaha Tech 3
Johann Zarco, Monster Yamaha Tech 3
Johann Zarco, Monster Yamaha Tech 3
Johann Zarco, Monster Yamaha Tech 3
Johann Zarco, Monster Yamaha Tech 3
Girl, Johann Zarco, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

The Frenchman was on course to claim seventh place at Misano before his year-old Yamaha ran out of fuel on the final tour of the 28-lap race.

Zarco's bike finally came to a halt at the final corner, at which point the two-time Moto2 champion leapt off and started pushing the stricken M1 along the length of the start/finish straight.

In the process, he dropped all the way down to 15th place, scoring a solitary point for his heroic effort and receiving a rapturous reception from the fans in the main grandstand.

Speaking to media afterwards, Zarco was philosophical about the issue and said he was pleased to at least be able to put on a show for the spectators that cheered him over the line.

"I got the fuel problem before Turn 11, I tried to stay in sixth gear and really use the minimum of the bike," he recalled. "This was working until Turn 14, but the last two lefts were even worse.

"From the last corner I had to go down next to the bike and run. And it was long. I knew that there are two lines, the start line and the finish line, the finish line was really far.

"It’s good to have the public for that. We must think a MotoGP race is a show, at least I [put on] some show and we won’t forget it.

"It’s the kind of thing that should not happen, we’re disappointed. In the end I got one point, better than nothing. There are worse things in life than finishing without fuel."

Zarco added that he was aware he was haemorrhaging positions as riders passed him within sight of the finish line, including LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow - who had previously crashed out of fifth.

"[As] I was running, I saw people pass me," Zarco said. "I saw the two KTMs and also Crutchlow – even with the crash he finished in front of me. You lose less time crashing than pushing your bike."

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