Johann Zarco Signs With Ducati Team for 2020 MotoGP

Cycle News Staff | December 9, 2019

Johann Zarco will lineup alongside Tito Rabat with Reale Avintia Racing Team

The one-remaining MotoGP seat for the 2020 season has now been filled after Reale Avinita Racing announced Johann Zarco will lineup alongside Tito Rabat.

Johann Zarco to replace Nakagami for final three rounds of 2019

Earlier today, Zarco posted the following on Instagram: I am very please to officially announce my signature with Ducati for 2020 season in MotoGP category in the Reale Avintia Racing Team. My left ankle is recovering well, I can enjoy now my winter time having rest with family and training again very soon!

Johann Zarco Signs With Ducati Reale Avintia Racing Team for 2020 MotoGP

Zarco initially declined an offer from the Avintia team, but after the Valencia race the team was named an official satellite partner to Ducati for 2020, which may have swayed Zarco. According to a French magazine called Moto Journal, Zarco said that he considers himself signed to Ducati, rather than Avintia.

The MotoGP website reports that Karel Abraham confirmed he had left the team before the Jerez Test at the end of November and while rumors circulated regarding who would take the Czech rider’s seat, nothing had been confirmed. Now though, former Yamaha, KTM and Honda rider Zarco will be back on the MotoGP grid full time on a Ducati, having finished the 2019 season with LCR Honda Idemitsu. The double World Champion links up with the newly-back Ducati satellite team.

 

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