While the Frenchman’s target due to his very first race with all the marque was a top-10 finish, Zarco lined up 21st on the grid and went onto score one point in 15 th.

Zarco had struggled in training specifically, and crashed double on Saturday, once in FP3 and then in qualifying, which he said made him feel as though he did not understand what he was doing.

“I was disappointed a few days and really miserable yesterday [Saturday] after my 2 crashes,” he explained.

“It was cold and that I was behaving like a rookie – not even like a beginner, exactly like a guy who belongs to a course and does not understand such a thing from the bike.

“That made me miserable, but now [Sunday] it’s already deleted.”

Zarco said that completing 15 th gave him a”emblematic point” due to his debut by KTM.

“It’s like a focal point, 15 th position – it has been a difficult race,” he added. “I knew I really cannot need the package right now to produce high performance, but I understand it, I accept and that I push myself.

“I presume even all the KTMwe got better ways than that which we can anticipate. And the gap [to this winner Andrea Dovizioso] by the conclusion, 15 moments, isn’t ridiculous.

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“It attracts us a few good vibes to look forward. It’s a component of their experience, and 2-2 laps in a row, even in the long run it was the first time we do.

“it’s truly crucial to accomplish itand finish the racebecause of that I have a mill team and that’s the caliber that throughout the two weeks that they can make strong investigation.”

Zarco’s team mate Pol Espargaro, that finished 12th, said he had”mixed feelings” about his or her result.

He emphasized KTM had then halved its deficit to the rider in Qatar since 2018, with the Spaniard finishing only 1-2 seconds behind Dovizioso, but confessed that the career is”insufficient”.

“We must be happy since the gap between us and first is minimal,” explained Espargaro. “We’ve been quite close, but at precisely the same moment we finish 12th. Feels fine, but also feels like never enough.

“whenever you’re close you start to consider the top guys and you start to consider what’s moving on and at which we are losing this type of tiny gap a lap.

“I presume we are discussing 0.3s or 0.4s lap. It’s not much, but we are losing it in some acceleration [zones]we’re spinning quite a bit, and losing that small gap is painful.”

Additional reporting by Khodr Rawi

Pol Espargaro, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

Pol Espargaro, KTM Factory Racing


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