Johann Zarco Returns to MotoGP with Honda?

Johann Zarco on KTM - Courtesy of visordown
  • Sources say Johann Zarco may return to MotoGP this year.

  • He will ride for LCR Honda if he does.

  • LCR needs a substitute rider for the injured Takaaki Nakagami.

Johann Zarco may return to MotoGP on an LCR Honda.

Sources say that he will ride for the satellite team for the remainder of the season beginning the Australian GP. He will replaces injured Takaaki Nakagami.

Nakagami suffered a shoulder injury similar to Marc Marquez’s and will require surgery. The procedure was planned to take place earlier but the Japanese decided to carry it out after the Japanese GP.

Zarco, meanwhile, has been off the bike since he was unceremoniously removed from the factory KTM team after his announcement to quit his contract a year early. His seat was then handed over to KTM test rider Mika Kallio.

However, KTM MotoGP boss had allowed Zarco to test or ride another manufacturer’s bike in competition, despite the contract ending only at the of 2019.

It’ll be an important test for Zarco. Honda had wanted him for 2019 but he decided to follow Herve Poncharal’s move ill-fated move to KTM.




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