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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-12-2019, 08:20 PM Thread Starter
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KTM and Zarco split

Mid way through the season and it looks like the relationship between KTM and Zarco in not going to continue. Apparently, Zarco can not connect to the RC16. A two time Moto2 champion and successful on the satellite Yamaha, Zarco is unable to make any significant progress on the KTM.

Shame. And this comes after KTM's best result in the premier class, this weekend.

There is a lot of info online. Here is one source: https://us.motorsport.com/motogp/new...split/4512393/

And from MotoGP.com: https://www.motogp.com/en/news/2019/...e-split/304917
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Mid way through the season and it looks like the relationship between KTM and Zarco in not going to continue. Apparently, Zarco can not connect to the RC16. A two time Moto2 champion and successful on the satellite Yamaha, Zarco is unable to make any significant progress on the KTM.

Shame. And this comes after KTM's best result in the premier class, this weekend.

There is a lot of info online. Here is one source: https://us.motorsport.com/motogp/new...split/4512393/

And from MotoGP.com: https://www.motogp.com/en/news/2019/...e-split/304917
KTM did get a 3rd podium with Pol, but that was in a wet race. Binder was awesome sliding that Triumph/KTM to win Moto 2.
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KTM did get a 3rd podium with Pol, but that was in a wet race. Binder was awesome sliding that Triumph/KTM to win Moto 2.
Indeed. I stand corrected.

BTW, KTM and DORNA just extended their contract by 5 years, through 2026 season. Here: https://www.motogp.com/en/news/2019/...tension/304927

KTM is looking to stay in MotoGP for sure. Its more about what Zarco needs/wants for his career, I guess.
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Some more insight from Zarco on his unsuccessful KTM campaign:

https://us.motorsport.com/motogp/new...ation/4513169/
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All their (KTM's MotoGP team) riders came from Yamaha's - Bradley, Johann, Pol... and it's proven really hard to leave the easiest GP bike to ride and learn to go fast on possibly the hardest now that the Duc has improved their turning issues.

Olivera has no previous bias' or notions of how a GP bike should work so I'd guess that's why he's adapting quicker than Zarco.

I hope Zarco stays in GP but part of me wants to see him take Bautista's ride in WSBK next year and demolish the field too.

Pic = COTA Race in '16 - the year he was Moto2 Champ I believe.
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Nice pic. I have one with Dovi, somewhere, from Laguna. Probably 2013 +/-. He wasn't as big as he is now.

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Is it that Zarco feels that he has a limited window to make any sort of impact in MotoGP. There is no question that he is an extremely talented rider. He proved this both in Moto2 and on the satellite Yamaha.

https://www.motorsport.com/motogp/ne...brave/4516683/

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Rumour mill has it that Zarco may be going to WSB on a Honda.
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Bautista rumoured for Honda too. Could be an interesting team Zarco/Bautista.
The only question is, have Honda built a decent super bike to replace the current CBR1000RR.
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Zarko will no longer ride the KTM for the rest of the 2019 season... I wish him a better year 2020 and probably 2021

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