Opportunity didn't just knock for Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Johann Zarco in Jerez for the fourth round of 2018 MotoGP…it barrelled through the gravel and through the carnage of twisted metal. The electric Frenchman bagged his second podium result of the season in Spain and scaled the championship standings to sit in second position with a salivating prospect of a home Grand Prix at Le Mans just a fortnight away.
The 28 year old inherited his runner-up prize through the misfortune of others and thanks to his own steady progress as MotoGP thrilled again. The 45 degree track temperature in Andalucía and across the recently resurfaced Jerez asphalt meant an arduous 25 lap dash. The demands on the Michelin rubber were too much for the likes of Alex Rins, Pole sitter Cal Crutchlow – the Brit sliding out of a top five battle in the formative stages – and then a spectacular collision between Jorge Lorenzo, Andrea Dovizioso and Dani Pedrosa in the tussle for second place that left all three feeling the rough end of the ‘Dry Sack’ corner.