Johann Zarco

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

Johann Zarco MotoGP profile KTM 2019
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Rider Number

#5

France

Representing

France

Nation
France
Bike
Yamaha
Date of birth
16/Jul/1990
Place of birth
Cannes, France

Biography

The only rider to ever win back-to-back Moto2 World Championships, the quiet and calculating Frenchman won the inaugural Red Bull Rookies Cup in 2007 after cutting his teeth on the European minimoto circuits.

Two years later Johann Zarco was making his grand prix debut in the 125cc category and his switch to the Ajo Motorsport squad in 2011 resulting in 11 podium finishes and runner-up in the World Championship.

A move to the intermediate category came in 2012, where a trio of lackluster seasons meant a string of top-10 championship placings, but a decision to return to the Ajo Motorsport fold and onto the dominant Kalex chassis proved a smart one, and Zarco lofted the 2015 Moto2 title trophy after 14 podiums from 18 starts. He’d defend his title the following year, before joining the MotoGP ranks in the Monster Yamaha Tech3 satellite team in 2017.

As a 26-year-old rookie, many questioned Tech3 team owner Herve Poncharal’s decision, but when Zarco took the lead on Turn 6 of his first premier-class grand prix, it was a taste of what was to come. His first podium came at the French Grand Prix and he’d score two more in his rookie season.

He kicked off the 2018 season with five consecutive front row-starts, managing to reach the podium three times again and finishing 6th in the championship standings.

The 2019 season will mark a change for Zarco, joining Red Bull KTM. The experienced Frenchman will be looking to improve on his previous MotoGP outings and challenge for a high place on the competitive MotoGP ladder.

The Australian MotoGP race hasn't been kind to Zarco, his highest finish was third in the 125cc class in 2011 and a number of retirements taint his record at Phillip Island. Having finished just off the podium in 2017 and a retirement after clashing with Marc Marquez in 2018 runiing any chance at competing at The Island, the Frenchman will be looking to make his way back to the top on new KTM machinery at the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix in 2019.

 

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