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Johann Zarco makes Suzuki MotoGP debut

Johann Zarco rides Suzuki's GSX-RR MotoGP machine.
Reigning Moto2 world champion Johann Zarco has made his MotoGP debut during a private test for Suzuki (see picture below).

The Frenchman, who is also in Japan to prepare for July's Suzuka 8 Hours, had confirmed the test during last month's Le Mans round, when he stated:

"It's a nice opportunity to test the [MotoGP] Suzuki in Japan and also they asked me if I can do the 8-Hours Endurance race at Suzuka.

"I've never been, so I say yes because I like to train on the [GSX-R) road bike and it's good to try this race and be part of Suzuki for this.

"I hope to be with Suzuki in 2017 and it's part of the job this summer to prove what I can do. We will test with Suzuki, but it doesn't mean that I have a place with them [in MotoGP] for next year."

Indeed, despite having an option with Suzuki, the latest rumours suggest Moto2 rival Alex Rins will join Andrea Iannone on the factory GSX-RRs next season. Zarco is thus tipped to fill the vacancy at Tech 3 - although any such deal can only be agreed once he has been released from the Suzuki option.




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ZeFrenchAngle

June 16, 2016 11:38 AM
Last Edited 54 days ago

If those are really the words he said, "I would like to be with Suzuki in 2017", then from everything I have watched Zarco say on UK and French TV, and in the French press, then that is where he wants to go, and that Tech-3 Yamaha link up is all smoke ! Maverick is showing that the Suzuki is a great bike, and so far it tends to finish ahead of Tech-3 bikes, so, if Johann wants to have a shot at trying to WIN races, then the Suzuki is the place to go. And Zarco is smart, so I would bet that is where he goes. From Suzuki's view point, Zarco is also the better bet - he is a somersaulting World Champion, and is looking good for a repeat - Rins has never won a World championship. And why give a test and Suzuka to Zarco if that is not who THEY want ! And Johann goes to Safety Commission meetings and gives great slaps to silly journalists :-). As for Rins : has his father and his camp blown it, as I wonder if Herve Poncharal still wants him ? Zarco + Iannone for Suzuki - Great Pairing !



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