FreestyleXtreme Magazine Issue 25 - Page 52

Words and images courtesy of Monster Energy Paging Herve: 15 minutes with the MotoGP Team Boss from an Argentine airport lounge H erve Poncharal’s familiar smiling face and upper body clad in seemingly full-time black and green Monster Tech 3 Yamaha gear flashes up on the telephone screen. It is late in Europe but slightly earlier the day after the Gran Premio Motul de la Republica Argentina and round two of nineteen in 2018 MotoGP. On Sunday the Frenchman watched his rider Johann Zarco miss out on a first premier class win by two tenths of a second and late fill-in replacement for the season, Hafizh Syahrin, breach the top ten in just his second outing on the Yamaha M1. Zarco, the mercurial and slightly mysterious talent (already the most successful Frenchman in the history of Grand Prix courtesy of two Moto2 world titles and a tota bCRFVV&6W2( 2b`F6Rf7F&W2v2&VFV'67'WF6s6&( 2f&W"6&vPg&##2PS"g&VW7GUG&VR6