's Top 10 MotoGP Riders of 2021: 7th - Johann Zarco

Johann Zarco slots into seventh in our top ten rider countdown for the 2021 MotoGP season.
Johann Zarco, MotoGP race, Catalunya MotoGP 6 June 2021
Johann Zarco, MotoGP race, Catalunya MotoGP 6 June 2021
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  • Team: Pramac Ducati (satellite)
  • Bike: GP21
  • Wins: 0
  • Podiums: 4
  • Best Qualifying: Pole (x1)
  • Fastest Lap: 2
  • DNFs: 3
  • Championship position: 5th

There were plenty of positives for Johann Zarco during the 2021 MotoGP season, including a career-best four podiums and leading the world championship for the first time.

But all his rostrums came during the opening seven rounds and, accelerated by three non-scores, the Frenchman slipped back to fifth in the final standings.

That was still a personal best for Zarco and new high for a Pramac Ducati rider, but the wait for a race victory - after five seasons in MotoGP - continues. Not that he didn't come close, missing out by just 0.175s to Miguel Oliveira in Catalunya.

Nonetheless, on the other side of the garage, rookie team-mate Jorge Martin also took four podiums (despite missing four races due to injury) and made history with the first ever MotoGP win by a satellite Ducati rider.

It's for that reason, plus the drop of 71-points scored by Zarco over the second half of the season compared to the first, that we've ranked him seventh on our countdown.

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