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‘We have to remember our riders are rookies’ - Poncharal

Monster Yamaha team boss Herve Poncharal is aiming for another top-five result at this weekend’s Misano MotoGP round in an attempt to keep the squad’s top independent status but has re-iterated both Johann Zarco and Jonas Folger are still class rookies.

With Valentino Rossi out of the way and no replacement, Zarco particularly is under the spotlight as Yamaha’s next-best rider and carries with him the job of keeping the independent number one spot this weekend in Italy.

“It is going to be another tough race for sure as the level is so high. We have to try to be in the top five but we also have to remember that both of our riders are rookies. Most importantly, it’s vital that our guys perform well so they fight for the Rookie Of The Year title which is highly significant for Johann and Jonas,” said Poncharal.


“Currently, we also hold the top independent position and this was not easy or planned when you consider how fast the other riders are, but we are leading this. Therefore, we aim to continue scoring some good points so that we can carry on fighting for this.

“Italy is a special country for MotoGP racing and we can’t wait to be back on the track. Johann was our only rider in Silverstone on Sunday and he had a great race. Whereas Jonas was unfortunately not able to participate, but he is 100 peer cent physically fit so we hope to be able to produce an entertaining show and finish this Italian week on a positive note.”

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