Johann Zarco will honour fellow Frenchman and 250 World Champion Christian Sarron by debuting this livery at Le Mans on Saturday.

The one-off livery is a combination of the title-winning colours that Sarron raced in 1984 alongside Zarco's usual AirAsia Caterham branding.

"Its 30 years since Christian Sarron won the 250cc World Championship in 1984," said Zarco.

"Since I began racing in the World Championship, my manager and I often look back at the older riders as an example, to learn about what they did with the bikes they had and we have a lot of respect for their achievements.

"I read about Christian a few years ago and I have also watched some of the footage of him racing, which is why I know the story. Moto2 is similar to the 250 class in that it is the middle category and so as a French rider in the Championship today I felt it was only right to pay tribute to Christian Sarron with this livery for the Le Mans GP."

Sarron, present at Le Mans this weekend, added: "I feel very honoured that Johann is running my colours here at Le Mans. I saw the pictures already and I thought wow that looks very nice!

"He doesn't need these colours to bring him luck but he deserves a win anyway. It's a long time that I have been watching him race, since working at Eurosport and before. He rides beautifully and if only it could be here at his home Grand Prix that he can take first place, I will be very pleased.

"He has been quite unfortunate this year so I hope that there is an end to that now and maybe this could be the sign."