Johann Zarco a Suzuki rider for 2017? Nope, looks like he’s off to Tech 3…
So it looks like Johann Zarco, one of the darlings of the Moto2 class and the reigning champion, will end up on a Tech 3 Yamaha for 2017. That’s the story that’s going around the paddock (despite it seeming an odd route given that he’s been so closely associated with Suzuki recently, even testing the MotoGP bike).
Here’s what’s happened. Zarco has signed with Suzuki to contest the Suzuki 8-hour race in Japan. As part of that deal he has also been out in action during a private test on the Suzuki MotoGP machine (as the pictures show).
Zarco’s deal means that he can’t talk to anyone else whilst he was in the frame for a main-team Suzuki MotoGP ride – or even a first-tier customer team place in a satellite squad. But now given that Suzuki is going to feature Andrea Iannone and Alex Rins for next year, and the chances of that customer bike decreasing rapidly, it looks likely that Zarco is heading elsewhere.