Zarco returned to manufacturing facility rider standing this 12 months for the primary time since quitting KTM after a disastrous 2019 after Ducati promoted him to Pramac from Avintia on full works-spec equipment.
The Frenchman scored 4 podiums from the primary 9 races – all of them second-place finishes – and at present sits second within the standings 34 factors adrift of chief Fabio Quartararo.
Assessing the primary half of his 2021 season, Zarco stated: “It is higher than the expectations, higher than what I may announce initially of the season.
“However as soon as you might be there, you could take this chance and it is my last goal to battle for the title and attempt to be world champion in MotoGP.
“So, if every little thing has to come back now I’ve to be intelligent and go to take it. So, it is higher than what I used to be saying however I can not relaxation myself simply because it is higher.
“I would like to simply use this second and take it, so I am fairly glad.
“And If I simply take into consideration the title, I could possibly be upset to lose factors to Fabio [at Assen] but when I additionally take into consideration the championship, I am glad I gained on the riders which might be simply behind me.
“So, it was operation as soon as once more.”
Johann Zarco, Pramac Racing
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Regardless of not profitable a race in 2021 but, Zarco is the main Ducati rider within the championship – however admits that is immaterial to him as his fundamental goal is to beat Quartararo.
“The purpose is to remain forward of Fabio, it isn’t to be the primary Ducati,” he stated.
“By going behind Fabio, I’m the primary Ducati, in order that’s good nevertheless it’s not the principle purpose.
“With such place within the championship, the purpose is to attain extra factors and dream of being world champion.
“With [Jack] Miller and [Francesco] Bagnaia I perceive one another very nicely and it implies that there are three superb riders for Ducati who do not battle one another.”