Johann Zarco gets factory Suzuki call up for MotoGP test in Japan and the Suzuka 8-Hour.
Johann Zarco is to test the MotoGP Suzuki in Japan later this year – and he’s now been asked to ride a factory Suzuki in the massively-important to the factory Suzuka 8-hour race too.
The Frenchman, who is currently contesting the Moto2 class where he became champion last year, is now catapulted into the ‘Who’s-Going-Where’ melee of the MotoGP Silly Season for next year.
In a land where there’s loads of ‘ifs’ Zarco could well end up in the Suzuki MotoGP squad for 2017 alongside Maverick Vinales (if Vinales’ deal with Yamaha isn’t signed off soon). If that does happen then it’ll mean Aleix Espargaro out on his ear looking for a ride in the big class.
Zarco has made no bones about moving up to the premier MotoGP championship next year, or who he wants it to be with. He said: “I hope to be with Suzuki in 2017. Although I had some MotoGP options for this year I wanted to stay in Moto2 in 2016.”