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RideFast Jan 2020

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PADDOCK NEWS Brought to you by REPSOL AND HONDA TO FOLLOW DIFFERENT PATHS AFTER 2020 OFFICIALLY OFFICIAL: ZARCO JOINS REALE AVINTIA DUCATI. Johann Zarco will pilot a Ducati Desmosedici GP19 in the 2020 MotoGP World Championship as he officially joins Reale Avintia Racing. The Frenchman is understood to have signed directly with the Italian manufacturer, which will see increased backing and technical assistance brought to the independent squad. The one-year deal comes as a lifeline for Zarco, who quit his two-year contract with Red Bull KTM Factory Racing not even one season in this year before scoring a fill-in ride at LCR Honda for the final three rounds. “I am very pleased to officially announce my signature with Ducati for 2020 season in MotoGP category racing in the Reale Avintia Racing team,” Zarco commented. “My left ankle is recovering PIERER JUSTIFIES KTM’S DEPARTURE FROM MOTO2. KTM executive director Stefan Pierer has made public the Moto2 manufacturer’s departure, justified by the lack of qualified personnel and the investment in MotoGP. In the words of the official, who was pleased with the riders present in MotoGP and who present solutions in the future, come to an end to rumors that the departure was due to financial reasons. ‘Money isn’t a bottleneck at all. But if you try to win in three classes, the good technicians are gone. We didn’t have good enough technicians for Moto2. That’s why we decided to move out of Moto2 and split up the existing technicians – for Moto3 and MotoGP’, the leader told quoted by SpeedWeek. Pierer looks to the future beyond the next: ‘We well, I can enjoy now my winter time having rest with family and training again very soon.” Team owner Raul Romero added: “I am really happy and excited with the arrival of a great rider like Johann Zarco to our team from the hand of Ducati. This further strengthens the growth of the team after extending the contract with the manufacturer of Borgo Panigale, making a leap of quality in terms of material by becoming a satellite team. “All this package will allow to reflect in the circuits the effort of the structure in the last years. We hope to see Johann and Tito assiduously in the top 10 and become a reference team soon. Finally, we would like to thank all our sponsors for their efforts in recent years, without them this would not have been possible.” are planning the year 2021 and 2022, continuing with our four young MotoGP riders. In addition we have Jorge Martin in Moto2 as a reserve. We prefer to put the money on the bike’. The Honda Racing Corporation team and oil company Repsol may go their separate ways from the end of next season. The parties have been working together since 1995, very successfully in the middle. 15 world premier class riders and 180 Grand Prix wins are just a sample of the success of the partnership, which later this year alone in the premier class won the title of rider, team and manufacturer. The German and Japanese press report that the partnership deal has its day counted, with Repsol leaving the scene because of Honda’s alleged interest in extending another collaboration, this time with Shell.It is estimated that for the new sponsor to reap HRC’s acceptance it will have to enter an amount similar to what Repsol currently has at a budget of between 12 and 15 million euros. NAKAGAMI WAS THE FIRST OPTION TO LORENZO’S HONDA SEAT Alex Márquez is Jorge Lorenzo’s successor to Repsol Honda, as announced about a month ago. The Moto2 rider was seen as one of the strong options, along with Johann Zarco, and Cal Crutchlow was also mentioned. But according to Lucio Cecchinello, HRC originally wanted to bet on Takaaki Nakagami. Speaking to Sky Sports MotoGP, the monegasque leader revealed that Honda had plans first to join the Japanese with Marc Márquez, leaving Alex Marquez on the satellite team. However, according to Cecchinello, Honda’s bet eventually fell to the #73 after LCR Honda appealed not to change its line-up: “We’re very happy to continue Crutchlow and Nakagami. Our sponsors fully support this project. For us, making changes would have been problematic, especially with a newcomer. HRC considered our request and decided to put Álex in Jorge’s place. Initially they considered putting Alex alongside Cal, but then HRC decided to back down.” 16 RIDEFAST MAGAZINE JANUARY 2020