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Moto2: Zarco aims to emulate Rabat

Reigning Moto2 world champion Johann Zarco says his goal in 2016 is to go one better than 2014 champion Tito Rabat by successfully defending his title.
Read the full exclusive interview with Zarco here

Reigning Moto2 world champion Johann Zarco says his goal in 2016 is to emulate former title-winner Tito Rabat as he prepares to defend his crown before stepping up to MotoGP on a 'competitive package'.

Zarco stormed to the Moto2 world title this season by taking eight race wins and six further podium results. It was 2014 Moto2 champion Rabat who ultimately handed his title to the French rider after being forced to pull out of the Japanese MotoGP with injury and allowing Zarco to wrap up the title with three rounds to spare.

The Ajo Motorsport rider was continually linked with a move up into MotoGP for next season, with Pramac Ducati and Aspar Honda tabling offers to the 25-year-old, but he declined as he was seeking a more competitive ride to fight at the front.

“If I don't go to MotoGP yet it is because the competitive package is not there,” Zarco exclusively told “If I am waiting it is to get the competitive package, there is no sense in waiting and then taking a new bike or something like that.”

Zarco's team boss Aki Ajo has been heavily connected to potentially taking up the reins on KTM's MotoGP debut in 2017 and with a strong relationship with his current team it is believed the French rider may act as MotoGP test rider in 2016 alongside his Moto2 commitments.

With his MotoGP plans on hold for a season, Zarco says his immediate aim is to become the first rider to successfully defend the Moto2 world title and follow in the footsteps of the man he dethroned, Rabat, who steps up to MotoGP on a factory-specification Honda with Marc VDS Racing.

“I think it is a good plan even if he didn't win the title this year,” Zarco said. “He is stronger now than he was one year ago. It is good for him to step into MotoGP now.”

Read the full exclusive interview with Zarco here

Tagged as: Rabat , Zarco , Ajo , moto2

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December 05, 2015 9:17 PM
Last Edited 162 days ago

I hope he wins it back to back. Back home in France he got a mention in l'Equipe, small mentions in other newspapers, but the next day no-one talked about him any more. As a kid I used to go to Le Castellet to watch the French GP, then Le Mans as a student, and we never had a French champion. Now that we have one, we barely write about him. Not even the French Wikipedia editors are bothered to properly update his page. We celebrate our handball World champions, our basketball European champions, our Swimming World, European, and Olympic champions, like nothing on earth, but Zarco just goes unnoticed. I don't get it ! I hope he achieves this unique double, a few more sommersaults in 2016, and, hopefully, recognition at home !

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