Zarco does not regret leaving KTM despite Binder’s victory
Johann Zarco had a front row seat last Sunday at the Czech Republic GP to witness the first victory of his old bike, the KTM RC16, at the hands of debutant Brad Binder. A handsome player, the Ducati Avintia rider congratulates his South African rival for having succeeded where he had painfully failed… Explanations.
Irony of the s (p) ort: Johann Zarco takes his pole position from the pole position – historic results for his private team Avintia – the very day his former motorcycle wins in MotoGP at the hands of rookie Brad Binder, the first South African winner in the premier class and above all first to win on the RC16 !
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“Congratulations to Brad and also to KTM: he managed to do the job that I failed to do last year,” commented No.5 sportingly: “Brad arrived with a fresh look, which made the most of the progress made this winter on the bike ".
Recall that the n ° 5 had left KTM last summer in the middle of his first season – breaking his two-year contract with the official Austrian team -, tired of occupying the bottom of the grid on a motorcycle considered complex and not competitive enough. . Never comfortable on the RC16, Johann ended up losing his footing in a climate of strong tension with his employer.
Almost a year to the day after this heated divorce, the Orange brand finally wins its bet through hard work and persistence, demonstrating that its often-criticized technological solutions actually work very well: the tubular steel frame of the RC16 and his WP suspensions went straight to success in the hands of an ultra-motivated Brad Binder !
What inevitably gives rise to questions about Johann’s decision, which some might consider precipitated after this brilliant demonstration … If he had remained on the Orange motorcycle, in strong progress in part surely thanks to Pedrosa, who knows if Johann would not also be on the top step of the podium on his handlebars ?
"I have no regrets: should I have been more patient? No!", He replies tit for tat, noting with a slight smile that "you like to ask controversial questions"…
- MNC of September 18, 2019 : Zarco / KTM divorce, the underside of a lose-lose deal
Right in his boots, the Cannes driver assumes his decision and does not seek an excuse: his separation from KTM was essential and above all essential to his well-being. Johann assures him: "I had to make a change to be in harmony with myself".
"I had the feeling to be paid to do nothing, to make the sea … e, and I do not agree with that", he balances frankly. "So I had to be honest with KTM too, telling them that I didn’t want that and that I would rather leave than do badly".
Avintia? A top team !
Johann Zarco then found himself on foot, his team preferring to entrust his bike to his development rider Mika Kallio … The French – rookie of the 2017 MotoGP year – then bounced back on Nakagami’s Honda-LCR at the Grands Prix from Australia (13th), Malaysia (fall) and Valencia (fall).
Then the former Yamaha-Tech3 rider was enlisted to join the private Avintia team, with the promise of increased support from the manufacturer to the Spanish structure. A commitment that convinced him to sign after having expressed serious doubts about Avintia: "it would be a mistake to go there", he estimated beforehand, specifying that Avintia was not a "top team"…
"I had my reasons for having doubts last year because I was coming out of a difficult year and I did not want to toil even more", explains Cannes. "But if Avintia did not obtain good results in the past, it was not because of poor work by the mechanics but because their budget was too limited to obtain the best parts", he makes up for it. with an address worthy of a Marc Marquez rescue !
“Things have changed now and Ducati is paying them a lot more attention, and I’m happy to give them this good result: it’s very satisfying because when a rider performs the whole team is stronger. Brad and KTM: So it seems that we are both good in different places ", concluded Johann Zarco who pushed the song to congratulate his replacement at KTM !
Sing along to the Brad Binder Song! serenades in the post-race press conference
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Czech Republic GP MotoGP 2020 results
- Brad BINDER KTM 41’38.764
- Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha +5.266
- Johann ZARCO Ducati +6.470
- Alex RINS Suzuki +6,609
- Valentino Rossi Yamaha +7.517
- Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM +7.969
- Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha +11.827
- Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda +12.862
- Jack MILLER Ducati +15,013
- Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia +15,087
- Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati +16.455
- Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati +18.506
- Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda +18.736
- Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha +19.720
- Alex MARQUEZ Honda +24 597
- Tito RABAT Ducati +29.004
- Bradley SMITH Aprilia +32.290
- Stefan BRADL Honda +55,977
- Pol ESPARGARO KTM 12 laps
- Joan MIR Suzuki 18 laps
- Iker LECUONA KTM 18 lap
Provisional MotoGP classification 2020
- Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 59
- Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 42
- Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 31
- Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 31
- Brad BINDER KTM 28
- Johann ZARCO Ducati 28
- Valentino Rossi Yamaha 27
- Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 27
- Jack MILLER Ducati 20
- Alex RINS Suzuki 19
- Pol ESPARGARO KTM 19
- Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 18
- Alex MARQUEZ Honda 13
- Joan MIR Suzuki 11
- Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 11
- Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 9
- Tito RABAT Ducati 7
- Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 6
- Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 6
- Bradley SMITH Aprilia 5
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