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Johann Zarco (born 16 July 1990) is a Grand Prix motorcycle racer from France, best known for winning the 2015 and 2016 Moto2 World Championships.[1]

Johann Zarco
Maverick Viñales, Johann Zarco and Dani Pedrosa 2017 Le Mans.jpg
Zarco (left) at the 2017 French Grand Prix
NationalityFrench
Born (1990-07-16) 16 July 1990 (age 29)
Cannes, France
Bike number5
Motorcycle racing career statistics
MotoGP World Championship
Active years20172019
ManufacturersYamaha, KTM, Honda
Championships0
2019 championship position18th (30 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
52 0 6 4 4 362
Moto2 World Championship
Active years20122016
ManufacturersMotobi, Suter, Caterham Suter, Kalex
Championships2 (2015, 2016)
2016 championship position1st (276 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
88 15 30 15 7 1010
125cc World Championship
Active years20092011
ManufacturersAprilia, Derbi
Championships0
2011 championship position2nd (262 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
50 1 11 4 5 371.5

From 2017 he was a member of the Tech 3 Yamaha MotoGP satellite team, and in early 2018 it was announced that he would ride for the factory KTM MotoGP team from 2019.[2]

In August 2019, Zarco announced he would not ride for KTM in 2020, the second-year of his contract. The KTM team then announced in September 2019 he would not ride in the remaining six 2019 events, with test rider Mika Kallio taking his place.[3]

Zarco was offered a Honda for the last three races of the 2019 season due to regular rider Takaaki Nakagami electing to have surgery with an expected long recuperation period. He finished the first event in 13th place, and was knocked off by Joan Mir nearing the end of the second event when in 8th place.[4][5] Zarco fell during his third race on the Honda when in 10th position at Valencia, Spain, being hit when walking away by a following machine, without serious injury.[6]

Riding for Honda effectively removed the possibility of Zarco becoming a Yamaha factory test rider for 2020.[7][8]

With 16 Grands Prix victories, Zarco is also the most successful French rider in Grand Prix racing.[9]

CareerEdit

Early careerEdit

Born in Cannes, Zarco progressed up the motorcycling ladder and moved into minimoto championships in 2004, mainly based in Italy. In 2005, Zarco finished as runner-up in the Senior Mini European Championship and in 2006, he was runner-up in the European Open Championship. He also competed in the Italian 125cc championship, where he finished in twelfth place. Zarco took part in the Red Bull Rookies Cup in 2007,[10] and won the championship at Estoril, after winning three races.[11] He added a fourth win at the final race in Valencia. These performances enabled Zarco to become part of the Red Bull MotoGP Academy scheme along with Cameron Beaubier, Jonas Folger and Danny Kent.[12] This reduced his racing in 2008, making a sporadic appearance in the Italian championship with Team Gabrielli.

125cc World ChampionshipEdit

Zarco made his Grand Prix début with the WTR San Marino Team, in the season-opening Qatar Grand Prix. He finished the race in the points in 15th, although the rain-shortened race meant that Zarco gained just half a point.[13] He took seven further points-scoring finishes, as he finished 20th in the championship. Zarco's best result of the season was a sixth-place finish at Mugello.

Zarco remained with WTR for the 2010 season.[14] Zarco started the season with a consistent run of points-scoring finishes, finishing each of the first eight races in the points. At the Czech Grand Prix, Zarco recorded the first fastest lap of his career, having pitted for slick tyres as the track's conditions became better for them to be run. He ultimately finished eleventh in the championship, despite retiring from the final three races.

For 2011 he signed with Ajo Motorsport. At the second race, the Spanish Grand Prix, he gained his first podium finish by finishing third.

Moto2 World ChampionshipEdit

Zarco moved up to the Moto2 class with the JiR team, aboard Motobi bikes in 2012. He finished the season 10th in the standings with 95 points and was easily the highest placed rookie that year. In 2013, he moved to the Ioda Project Racing Team aboard a Suter, he improved on his rookie season by finishing on the podium twice and ended 9th on the standings with 141 points. For 2014, he joined the new Caterham Moto Racing team. He impressed on what many considered to be an inferior bike compared to the mainly dominant Kalex bikes. He managed to earn 4 podium finishes, as well as 1 pole position, earning him 6th in the standings with 146 points. In 2015, Zarco moved to the debuting Ajo Motorsport team, who he raced with in the 125cc class. Zarco dominated the field and won his first Moto2 title,[1] with 8 wins, 14 podiums, 7 poles and a record points haul of 352. He remained with the team for 2016 and successfully defended his Moto2 title, becoming the first rider in the Moto2 era to win 2 intermediate titles, with 7 wins, 10 podiums, 7 poles and 276 points. Zarco became a popular figure with the fans with his spectacular backflip celebrations when he won a race.

MotoGP World ChampionshipEdit

For 2017, Zarco moved up to the Premier class as part of the Tech 3 Yamaha team. On his MotoGP debut at the Qatari grand prix Zarco shocked the grid by taking the lead on the first lap and building a 2-second lead, until he crashed out at turn 2 on lap 6. He scored 2nd, his first MotoGP podium, at the Le Mans France grand prix. He got his first pole position at the Assen grand prix. In the race he touched with Rossi and dropped to 4th, eventually he finished in 14th place. He got another podium in Sepang, Malaysia and Valencia, Spain, where he finished in 3rd and 2nd.

He received the Rookie of the Year Award for 2017 and finished the season in 6th, the highest placing independent rider.[15]

Career statisticsEdit

Red Bull MotoGP Rookies CupEdit

Races by yearEdit

(key)

Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Pos Pts
2007 ESP
3
ITA
1
GBR
2
NED
13
GER
2
CZE
1
VAL
1
1st 134

Grand Prix motorcycle racingEdit

By seasonEdit

Season Class Motorcycle Team Number Race Win Podium Pole FLap Pts Plcd WCh
2009 125cc Aprilia WTR San Marino Team 14 16 0 0 0 0 32.5 20th
2010 125cc Aprilia WTR San Marino Team 14 17 0 0 0 1 77 11th
2011 125cc Derbi Avant-AirAsia-Ajo 5 17 1 11 4 4 262 2nd
2012 Moto2 Motobi JiR Moto2 5 17 0 0 0 0 95 10th
2013 Moto2 Suter Came IodaRacing Project 5 17 0 2 0 2 141 9th
2014 Moto2 Caterham Suter AirAsia Caterham 5 18 0 4 1 0 146 6th
2015 Moto2 Kalex Ajo Motorsport 5 18 8 14 7 1 352 1st 1
2016 Moto2 Kalex Ajo Motorsport 5 18 7 10 7 4 276 1st 1
2017 MotoGP Yamaha Monster Yamaha Tech 3 5 18 0 3 2 4 174 6th
2018 MotoGP Yamaha Monster Yamaha Tech 3 5 18 0 3 2 0 158 6th
2019 MotoGP KTM Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 5 13 0 0 0 0 30 18th
Honda LCR Honda 5 3 0 0 0 0
Total 190 16 47 23 16 1743.5 2

By classEdit

Class Seasons 1st GP 1st Pod 1st Win Race Win Podiums Pole FLap Pts WChmp
125cc 2009–2011 2009 Qatar 2011 Spain 2011 Japan 50 1 11 4 5 371.5 0
Moto2 2012–2016 2012 Qatar 2013 Italy 2015 Argentina 88 15 30 15 7 1010 2
MotoGP 2017–present 2017 Qatar 2017 France 52 0 6 4 4 362 0
Total 2009–Present 190 16 47 23 16 1743.5 2

Races by yearEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Class Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Pos Pts
2009 125cc Aprilia QAT
15
JPN
Ret
SPA
13
FRA
Ret
ITA
6
CAT
13
NED
21
GER
23
GBR
13
CZE
11
IND
23
RSM
16
POR
9
AUS
16
MAL
Ret
VAL
15
20th 32.5
2010 125cc Aprilia QAT
12
SPA
7
FRA
11
ITA
9
GBR
8
NED
12
CAT
8
GER
6
CZE
19
IND
13
RSM
12
ARA
12
JPN
10
MAL
11
AUS
Ret
POR
Ret
VAL
Ret
11th 77
2011 125cc Derbi QAT
6
SPA
3
POR
3
FRA
5
CAT
6
GBR
2
NED
5
ITA
2
GER
2
CZE
2
IND
5
RSM
2
ARA
2
JPN
1
AUS
3
MAL
3
VAL
Ret
2nd 262
2012 Moto2 Motobi QAT
12
SPA
10
POR
4
FRA
Ret
CAT
11
GBR
Ret
NED
8
GER
11
ITA
10
IND
12
CZE
7
RSM
10
ARA
6
JPN
8
MAL
Ret
AUS
5
VAL
Ret
10th 95
2013 Moto2 Suter QAT
12
AME
6
SPA
12
FRA
5
ITA
3
CAT
7
NED
6
GER
11
IND
8
CZE
5
GBR
7
RSM
7
ARA
7
MAL
6
AUS
Ret
JPN
Ret
VAL
3
9th 141
2014 Moto2 Caterham
Suter
QAT
23
AME
Ret
ARG
18
SPA
8
FRA
Ret
ITA
7
CAT
3
NED
4
GER
Ret
IND
10
CZE
9
GBR
4
RSM
3
ARA
3
JPN
4
AUS
Ret
MAL
4
VAL
3
6th 146
2015 Moto2 Kalex QAT
8
AME
2
ARG
1
SPA
2
FRA
3
ITA
2
CAT
1
NED
1
GER
2
IND
2
CZE
1
GBR
1
RSM
1
ARA
6
JPN
1
AUS
7
MAL
1
VAL
7
1st 352
2016 Moto2 Kalex QAT
12
ARG
1
AME
3
SPA
5
FRA
24
ITA
1
CAT
1
NED
2
GER
1
AUT
1
CZE
11
GBR
22
RSM
4
ARA
8
JPN
2
AUS
12
MAL
1
VAL
1
1st 276
2017 MotoGP Yamaha QAT
Ret
ARG
5
AME
5
SPA
4
FRA
2
ITA
7
CAT
5
NED
14
GER
9
CZE
12
AUT
5
GBR
6
RSM
15
ARA
9
JPN
8
AUS
4
MAL
3
VAL
2
6th 174
2018 MotoGP Yamaha QAT
8
ARG
2
AME
6
SPA
2
FRA
Ret
ITA
10
CAT
7
NED
8
GER
9
CZE
7
AUT
9
GBR
C
RSM
10
ARA
14
THA
5
JPN
6
AUS
Ret
MAL
3
VAL
7
6th 158
2019 MotoGP KTM QAT
15
ARG
15
AME
13
SPA
14
FRA
13
ITA
17
CAT
10
NED
Ret
GER
Ret
CZE
14
AUT
12
GBR
Ret
RSM
11
ARA THA JPN 18th 30
Honda AUS
13
MAL
Ret
VAL
Ret

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Triumphant Johann Zarco lifts Moto2 world title". MotoGP.com. Dorna Sports. 9 October 2015. Retrieved 11 October 2015.
  2. ^ Johann Zarco signs KTM MotoGP deal for 2019 Autosport, 3 May 2018. Retrieved 5 May 2018
  3. ^ Zarco axed for 'constant bad words in press, rider safety', says KTM Visor Down, 20 September 2019. Retrieved 20 September 2019
  4. ^ Mir deems Zarco crash penalty ‘unfair’ bikesportnews.com, 4 November 2019. Retrieved 5 November 2019
  5. ^ Joan Mir penalised for Johann Zarco collision 'because I am a rookie' visordown.com, 4 November 2019. Retrieved 5 November 2019
  6. ^ Zarco thought he'd broken ankle when hit by Lecuona's crashing bike Autosport, 18 November 2019. Retrieved 19 November 2019.
  7. ^ Zarco out to discover Marquez's Honda MotoGP advantage Autosport.com, 24 October 2019. Retrieved 27 October 2019
  8. ^ Honda extends Nakagami deal, confirms early end to campaign motorsport.com, 15 October 2019. Retrieved 27 October 2019
  9. ^ "Pedrosa gagne une course, Rossi des points et Zarco un titre" [Pedrosa wins the race, points to Rossi and Zarco the title]. Libération (in French). SARL Libération. Agence France-Presse. 9 October 2015. Retrieved 11 October 2015. A cette occasion, avec huit succès dans toute sa carrière, il efface des tablettes de la vitesse française ses glorieux aînés, Christian Sarron, Olivier Jacque et Arnaud Vincent, tous trois champions du monde également dans les années 80 et 2000. [On this occasion, with eight wins in his career, he moves ahead of the previous tallies of the French former riders, Christian Sarron, Olivier Jacque and Arnaud Vincent, all three world champions between 1980 and 2000.]
  10. ^ "Portrait – Johann Zarco". Red Bull MotoGP Rookie Cup. Red Bull. 22 June 2007. Archived from the original on 9 July 2009. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  11. ^ "Zarco takes win and championship!". Red Bull MotoGP Rookie Cup. Red Bull. 15 September 2007. Archived from the original on 10 July 2009. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  12. ^ "Red Bull MotoGP Academy 2008 line-up announced". motogp.com. Dorna Sports. 19 December 2007. Retrieved 9 November 2010.
  13. ^ "Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar: 125cc Race Classification" (PDF). motogp.com. Dorna Sports. 12 April 2009. Retrieved 9 November 2010.
  14. ^ "WTR San Marino Team presents its 2010 line-up". motogp.com. Dorna Sports. 22 February 2010. Retrieved 9 November 2010.
  15. ^ "Goodbye 2017: FIM Awards Ceremony closes the MotoGP season". motogp.com. Dorna Sports. 12 November 2007. Retrieved 11 January 2018.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Inaugural champion
Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup
Champion

2007
Succeeded by
J. D. Beach