MotoGP: Johann Zarco Extends Contract With Tech3

2017 ended with Rookie of the Year and top satellite rider gongs. A contract extension with Tech3 was hastily offered and signed earlier in the year. Yamaha are watching his progress keenly. At Valencia and the final round of the campaign he again humbled factory duo Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales by pushing Marc Marquez into ‘that save’ and was just three tenths of a second from adding a maiden MotoGP victory to his fifteen in Moto2 and one in Moto3.


“Yes, I realize really well what I did, and I enjoy it,” he reflected quietly on Thursday at the Ricardo Tormo circuit.

“The target is to win in every category, so if it takes a long time to do it, then OK, but if I'm almost ready to do now. It means that I gained some time [advanced] and I need to enjoy that.”


Zarco has learned MotoGP, but also been part of one of the most riveting championship stories in recent times. At one stage four riders were split by just 28 points in the series. A podium trophy at his home GP at Le Mans was a milestone moment.

“When I tested for the first time it was almost a little bit scary because there was no limit to the MotoGP bike and so much power. Now I can control it well,” he says.

“The biggest thing I felt between MotoGP and Moto2 was the potential of the


. It is a big step compared to Moto2; you can push a lot and do things with the bike into the corners that if you did with Moto2 you’d crash. The bikes have such potential but the riders are able to use it. You feel that you can do many things with the bike but when the


are used you have to do them in a different way.”


“So many riders are very fast and you need to adapt yourself – not every lap – but to many situations from the first to the last,” he adds.

“When I was fighting with the top guys this year they have like a computer in their mind; they feel everything and they know what to

do in

the exact moment.”


“[MotoGP] Is very, very difficult. If you look every day, every weekend the gap from the first and the rider


position is very small. So it’s very difficult. You have to be

focused in

every practice.”



Zarco is here to stay. The final rumours of a long season circulated in Valencia and concerned #5’s plans for 2019, with factory teams already hunting his services. For 2018 at least Johann will again be Yamaha-mounted and testing was hot on the fall of the chequered flag in Spain.

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