Johann Zarco is a French professional racing driver currently riding for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team in MotoGP.
125cc and Moto2 Class
Zarco made his 125cc debut in 2009 and struggled in his first season. His second season showed improvement and finished the championship in the eleventh place. The Frenchman rose to prominence the following year when he rode for the Avant-AirAsia-Ajo team. He finished that year in the second place and moved to the 250cc class the following year. Zarco managed to secure eleven podiums along with a win in the 2011 125cc championship with the 2011 Japanese Grand Prix win is his only win in the 125cc class.
The next three years were a struggle for the Frenchman as he failed to secure even a single podium in the Moto2 class. His fortunes changed when he moved to the Ajo Motorsport in 2015. Zarco won two successive Moto2 riders’ championships while riding the Kalex motorcycle, and became the first rider to do so in the Moto2 era. In those two years, the Frenchman managed to secure 15 race wins with 7 of them coming in the latter year.
After two 250cc championships, the Frenchman signed a contract with the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team and moved to the premier class. In 2017, Zarco took a brilliant second place in his home Grand Prix, which marked his first MotoGP class podium. Two scintillating rides in the last two Grand Prix of the season saw him secure two more podiums to finish sixth in the riders’ championship.
Johann Zarco started the 2018 well and secured two podiums in the first four races of the season. Other than those two victories, the Frenchman failed to reproduce his Moto2 class, and is locked in a midfield battle this year alongside his teammate Maverick Vinales.
Johann Zarco won the Rookie of the Year award in 2017 after becoming the highest-placed independent racer.