The long-awaited news of Johann Zarco’s MotoGP contract has been announced. The Frenchman is to join Jonas Folger in the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha team for 2017. Zarco’s contract is for one year, with the team holding an option on the Frenchman for a second year.
The deal took some time to sort out, as Johann Zarco had already signed a preliminary deal with Suzuki.
That deal saw him get to test Suzuki’s MotoGP machine in Japan, and he had agreed to race the Suzuka 8-Hour with the factory endurance team.
Untangling the Suzuki contract was a time-consuming process, but it has been completed ahead of this weekend’s race in Germany.
More details of the story behind the contract are contained in a piece on Crash.net by Paddock Pass Podcast’s Neil Morrison.
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