Johann Zarco

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Cannes, France


There's a lot of 'Jorge Lorenzo' in Johann Zarco: he's smart, methodical and calculated, and when all the planets are aligned he's terribly hard to beat. Well, that was the case in the Moto2™ ranks over the last two years – but there's no reason to believe that all the traits which have made the Frenchman such a success in the intermediate ranks will just disappear. With 16 wins, he's already the most successful French rider in Grand Prix history – his wins coming in the 125cc and Moto2™ ranks – but he'd love to be the first rider from his homeland to wrest the MotoGP™ trophy. It certainly won't happen in 2017, although the Yamaha has built up an impressive resume as the most rookie-friendly motorcycle in the MotoGP™ paddock. Zarco resisted the temptation to move to MotoGP™ after his first Moto2™ title in 2015, so he's patient – a virtue that may come in very handy as he's trying to get the best out of a 250-plus horsepower MotoGP™ machine.

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