This is a very important moment in the career of Johann Zarco. The French rider is now a permanent presence in the MotoGP despite having changed four bikes from 2017 to today. But with Ducati it seems to have returned to the levels of the first two years Yamaha (Tech 3) when it often fought for podium positions. He still misses the victory, that final leap to go back to the time of his two Moto2 world championships, won in the 2015-16 two-year period. However, it seems that after the first season in Avintia, the Frenchman is closer to his goal than in the past: the Pramac team is a certainty in terms of competitiveness.
However, there is also no rush to win: for Zarco it is the awareness of having a potentially winning bike in his hands. “It’s not that if we don’t win in Qatar we need to worry. We are so competitive that just getting on the podium would be a good sign for the future. The goal is to win, we have the opportunity to do it and we need to find a way to do it without wearing the rear tire too much. Those who want to set the pace at the end of the race will have problems“, The Frenchman said about the first GP of the season, where he finished second, and in view of race number 2 always in Losail.
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“At the end of last week’s race, director Dall’Igna told me that it was a really good idea to stay in MotoGP and above all to do it with a Ducati. At the end of 2019 I could have returned to Moto2, but Gigi told me to trust me and if I hadn’t done so on Sunday I would not have been on the podium. Compared to last year, in Pramac I have more possibilities to fight for the victory, I have better material than 2019“, Said Zarco, so much so that he admitted, joking but not too much, that he trained to make the jump backwards as a celebration, as was the case at the time of Moto2.
Doubt for Ducati, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, is on how to try to win considering that in the first race both the official bikes, despite having different strategies, were running out of cartridges to shoot at the end. Bagnaia had tried to go on the run, only to lose ground on the more conservative pursuers; Miller, on the other hand, had been a wait-and-see but then he hadn’t had any more chances to seize at the decisive moment. In the end, Zarco came out and seems to be at ease on the track also in terms of tire management.
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