Can Warrior Monk Johann Zarco Save Honda? In The October Issue

Can Warrior Monk Johann Zarco Save Honda? In The October Issue

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Featured In the October 2023 issue of Roadracing World:


        Halfway through this season it seemed like Johann’s Zarco’s MotoGP career was over. The paddock rumor machine had VR46 rider Marco Bezzecchi gaining a promotion to Pramac Ducati for 2024, so he could have a latest-spec Desmosedici GP24 to ride alongside Jorge Martin, thus leaving no room for the Frenchman who has ridden Ducatis for the last four seasons, scoring many podiums, but no wins. 

        Most likely Ducati would demote Zarco to World Superbike, said the rumor machine. But life moves fast in the MotoGP paddock. Honda’s RC213V project is in meltdown, with Marc Marquez wanting to escape his 2024 contract and Alex Rins escaping his during August, quitting the LCR Honda team to ride a factory Yamaha next year, alongside Fabio Quartararo. So LCR owner Lucio Cecchinello contacted Zarco and asked, do you want to ride an RC213V next year? 

            “Johann Zarco: Can The Warrior Monk Save Honda?” by Mat Oxley


            Johann Zarco joins Honda next year, after riding MotoGP’s best motorcycle for the last four seasons, so he could be Honda’s most useful asset in its fight back from the most disastrous period of its racing history. Or will Zarco’s second full-factory-team deal turn out to be another nightmare? Read MotoGP Editor Mat Oxley’s analysis in the latest issue of Roadracing World!

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