He hoped to achieve a record of 360 km / h on the handlebars of his motorcycle (which would have been 100 m in one second), but Johann Zarco went even faster.
On Saturday, in free practice for the Grand Prix in Doha, Qatar, on a track close to 50 degrees, the Frenchman reached a staggering speed of 362.4 km / h.
Never has a MotoGP exceeded the 360 km / h mark.
On March 12, already on the same Losail circuit, during the preseason tests, Zarco was flashed at 357.6 km / h on a straight line of 1068 m.
Riding a 2021 Ducati Desmosedici GP, he broke the previous record held by the Italian Andrea Dovizioso on the Tuscan Mugello circuit where the Italian was clocked at 356.7 km / h.
"I think there is still a margin on the bike," confided the French rider, who already estimated that he could quickly reach 360 km / h.
This promises to be the first Grand Prix of the season, which will start at 7 p.m.
The young Italian Francesco Bagnaia will start for the first time in his career on the front row, alongside Frenchman Fabio Quartararo and Maverick Viñales.
Johann Zarco has, meanwhile, signed the 6th fastest time in testing and will therefore start in the second row.
This new season promises to be particularly open, to succeed the Spaniard Joan Mir.
The French Johann Zarco and especially Fabio Quartararo, who has the difficult task of succeeding the legend Valentino Rossi within the official Yamaha team, hope to do well.