7 November 2011
Moto2: Zarco signs for JiR
"I am happy to be racing next year with Team JiR because it is a team that is already known and has had some very good results" - Johann Zarco.
125cc title runner-up Johann Zarco will switch to the Moto2 class next season after signing for the JiR team.
Zarco came into his third year of 125 without even a podium, but finished his first season with Ajo Derbi having taken eleven podiums - including one race win - plus four pole positions.
JiR finished fourth in this year's Moto2 championship with Alex de Angelis, who won at Phillip Island. de Angelis is switching to the Forward Suter team.
"I am happy to be racing next year with Team JiR because it is a team that is already known and has had some very good results," said Zarco. "From the meetings I had with the team's management I realised that there are some very ambitious goals that they are aiming at, which is also in line with our expectations of being able to do well in Moto2.
"It certainly will not be easy, but I am ready to engage with Laurent [Fellon, manager and trainer] to work hard on myself and figure out how to be fast on a Moto2 machine. Finally, I am convinced that the JiR Team will give me the opportunity to make good results."
JiR will expand to a two-rider line-up next year by also running young Brazilian Eric Granado, a top six rider in the Spanish CEV 125 GP class. However, Granado will have to wait until the Silverstone round, when he will be 16 years old and therefore eligible to race at world championship level.
"First of all, I would like to thank Team JiR for the chance of being able to participate in the 2012 season," he said. "For me it is a new step and a new stage in my life, I am very exciting to ride in the Moto2 class, I know it is a very competitive category and with very experienced riders; however it pleases me very much to get this chance.
"Next year I want to be able to learn very much with my new team and to improve my level and capability day-by-day , therefore I have much more yet to learn, as I am inexperienced in this category but I am certain that with work hard and devotion, I will adapt well to the MotoBI.
"I am super confident for next season and we will all work very hard together, mainly in the pre season, because it will be essential for my development and relationship with team JIR for my start to the championship."
Team manager Gianluca Montiron praised his new line-up.
"We are very excited for this new adventure that will help us to build a long-term path focused on the ultimate sport successes in this class," he began. "Johann has already shown his capabilities, he can rely on his youth - he's just 21-years-old - and the fact that he has just started his racing career. He is well motivated and well supported by his manager Laurent Fellon.
"On the other side Eric will benefit of all the time he will need to adapt to a new world of racing, to learn new circuits and to discover Moto2's secrets. We have built up a five-year program that includes his presence in Europe with the prosecution of his school studies together with races."
JiR is the only team to run the MotoBI chassis, which is built by Japanese firm TSR.
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