Zarco looks for a return to form

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2021 MotoGP World Championship

Round 14

San Marino and Rimini Riviera Grand Prix

Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli

Sunday 19 September 2021



Johann Zarco will look for a return to form in the 2021 MotoGP World Championship when Round 14, the San Marino and Rimini Riviera Grand Prix, is held at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli on the afternoon of Sunday 19 September.


Zarco, who picked up four podiums and a further three top-six finishes in the opening 10 rounds of the season, has struggled in the past three races: he retired from the Austrian Grand Prix, could only manage an 11th place finish at the British Grand Prix, and was outside of the points in 17th at the Aragon Grand Prix this past weekend.

Francesco Bagnaia
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The run of lean form has seen the veteran Frenchman slip from the nearest chaser to Riders’ Championship leader (and compatriot) Fabio Quartararo, down to fourth on the standings – now a full 85 points off the Monster Energy Yamaha pace-setter.


Zarco admitted to struggling for pace and energy at Aragon: “I have to digest what happened and move onto the next race. I don’t have many words for [Sunday], I’m definitely disappointed but not destroyed, it’s not the end of the world.”


He added, “I’m happy to have [at least] finished, it’s good because I’ve gathered information that I can use to improve ahead of Misano and thus find the rhythm.”

Fabio Quartararo
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The Ducati rider says it is his hope that he can recover into the top three of the Riders’ Championship fight, though he does believe that he has no chance of catching first-placed Quartararo.


“I think I’m lucky to have had a great start to the season, because when I look at the standings I see that ‘Pecco’ [Francesco Bagnaia, second on the log] was perfect and took a fantastic win and [Joan] Mir [third on the log] also got a great result. I’m the one who lost most [at Aragon] but if they made it, I can do it too. Ending in the top three of the Championship is a great goal, I will give my all to do it.”


Riders’ Championship standings

1 – Fabio Quartararo, Monster Energy Yamaha, 214 points

2 – Francesco Bagnaia, Lenovo Ducati, 161

3 – Joan Mir, Ecstar Suzuki, 157

4 – Johann Zarco, Pramac Ducati, 137

5 – Jack Miller, Lenovo Ducati, 129


Teams’ Championship standings

1 – Monster Energy Yamaha, 309 points

2 – Lenovo Ducati, 290

3 – Ecstar Suzuki, 225

4 – Pramac Ducati, 212

5 – Red Bull KTM, 204

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Published: 09/16/2021