« I must be there because they want me, not because the handlebar is free, » Johann Zarco will not go to Honda.

Johann Zarco, from Avignon, has decided not to join the official Honda MotoGP team, where a spot is available after Marc Marquez’s departure. Instead, he will be piloting for the satellite team LCR for the next two seasons, as he announced on Thursday, October 19th.

« I cannot reword »

« I think it’s the best decision. The official team is good, but if all the conditions are not met, there may not be any interest, » added Johann Zarco (33 years old). Johann Zarco had committed to LCR in August last year for two years and a third year as an option after refusing to extend with Ducati-Pramac, where he had been racing since 2021 and was offered to continue riding in MotoGP for another year and then compete in the Superbike championship.

Marquez’s departure had opened up a spot at Honda.

However, Marquez’s early departure, as a six-time Moto GP world champion with Honda, to the Ducati-Gresini satellite team, had changed the game. The Frenchman had then stated that he would like to join the official Japanese team to succeed the Spaniard.

« Of course, I really thought that I would be the natural candidate, but I see that there are many other reasons why it didn’t come naturally, » Zarco explained this Thursday before the Australian GP, which took place this weekend at Phillip Island. « That’s why I prefer to say ‘let me do a good job with Lucio (Cecchinello, LCR boss). »

« Il est gratifiant d’être membre de l’équipe d’usine, mais je dois y être parce que c’est ce qu’ils veulent, et non parce que j’ai le choix », a conclu l’Avignonnais. Zarco, qui participe à sa septième saison en MotoGP après avoir remporté deux titres mondiaux en Moto2 (2015, 2016), a obtenu 19 podiums dans la catégorie reine du motocyclisme, dont quatre cette année. Il occupe actuellement la septième place du classement provisoire du championnat du monde.

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