Johann Zarco has enjoyed some of the best moments of his career at Motegi in Japan and the MotoGP rookie is hoping he can create another lasting memory this weekend.

The Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider won his first Grand Prix in the 125cc class at Motegi and clinched the Moto2 title at the Twin Ring circuit in 2015. Now, Zarco has aspirations of making it onto the rostrum in the premier class on the satellite YZR-M1.

“The Motegi event is approaching and I feel good after spending two positive weeks at home, where I gathered the energy that I need for the Japanese GP,” Zarco said.

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“It is a circuit that I like and the corners are nice, plus there are some hard braking areas. I have fond memories of Motegi because I won my first race in the 125cc class there and I also secured the 2015 Moto2 World Championship at that round.

“I believe that I can be fast at this track with the Yamaha, but the team and I must work well. I think we will start with a solid base because we have a lot of references from the factory team,” added the Frenchman.

“Then, I aim to give the maximum that I can and I really hope to be able to stay with the leading group. I would like to fight inside the top five, and why not go for the podium? It would be amazing to achieve this in Japan.”

Zarco is sixth in the championship standings with four rounds to go. He has one podium finish to his credit this season after sealing a dream runner-up result at his home round at Le Mans in France.


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Zarco needs to be on a factory bike.

According to Crash's own stats thread regarding the championship, MV25 is statistically out.  However, it'll be one of those interesting plots if circumstance puts him in front of MV25 and in front of MM93 going into the final laps.  Will Yamaha be content with points going to the support team, when they could be going towards the rider's championship?

I fully expect that not to be the case, but I could see the dilemma.

Zarco is good rider, but may be he did not have good fate.  He come to this class when many potential rider there, VR, MM, MV, JL, AD, DP,  AEs  etc.. And next year, the new potential riders like Morbideli,  Luthi, joint this class too,  races more competitive and harder for Zarco.  He will have more chance for champion if he to be a factory team rider. If he still as satelite team rider, he must ready to throw away his dream  become a champion.  

After 2018  there are big chance for him. There are many scenarios can be happen,  he can replace  Rossi, Pedrosa ,  Alex Rin or may be another factory rider team..

Hope he can competitive for championship in next..

@Goolem01 I see what you're saying, but personally I'm not convinced Morbidelli & Luthi joining the top class will make much difference to Zarco.  He fought with Rins for his last title, they both moved up together, and the Suzuki is a factory bike against Zarco's satellite Yam, but Rins hasn't given Zarco any issues.

Next year Zarco will have more experience under his belt whilst the rookies learn the bikes - i just hope that the 2017 Yam ends up better than it has been all year, because at the moment I think i'd prefer Zarco's bike to Mav's, to be fair

After vacum  some years suzuki is start from zero again and they need experience rider not rocky like alex rin,  so suzuki with alex rins didn't give any issues to zarco... With suzuki even ianonne the experience rider can not give issues to Zarco....  Vinales in suzuki since 2014 and get first podium in 2016 he need two years for reach podium with this developed bike..

Aprilia,  and suzuki may be need  2 or 3 years more to be competitive if they decide  to continues in motogp class.. For Ktm i don't have any reference.. Now Honda, yamaha anda ducati to strong for them in motogp class although just satelite team.. We can say suzuki and aprilia one or two years behind..

No dobt Zarco can reach podium soon, and may be victory lap too. But he must ready to throw his dream to be champion without factory team..

After 2018 i see Zarco with his tallent have big chance,  but it depend to him, how he will play with this chance...  



Good post

I see your point but after last year I admit I thought the Suzuki was further along than it is.  Mav is good so maybe flattered to deceive but Iannone should be more than capable of getting a decent result on that bike, reportedly way easier to ride than the Duc.

The Aprilia seems to be getting there, maybe the common factor is Aleix?

Agree about KTM, perhaps too early to tell.

Likewise will be watching what Zarco does after 2018 with interest...