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August 11th, 2019, 03:24 PM   #51
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KTM and Zarco to depart ways at the end of this season. They offered the seat to Miller but he wanted to remain at Pramac.

Stefan Pierer (KTM): «Vertrag mit Zarco aufgelöst»/MotoGP SPEEDWEEK (use deepl.com for translation)
When Zarco went to KTM I was hopeful that KTM may start to listen to their riders needs and develop the bike accordingly rather than put their stubborn pride and the bike first... nothing changed.

That delusional salesman Stefan Pierer makes me sick, I don't blame Zarco for leaving. I'm glad Miller declined, why would anyone want to sign up to ride a piece of shit unless its an absolute last resort.
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With Zarco leaving KTM, I don't know where he will go if he plans to stay in MotoGP.

i don't know who KTM plan to take his place either. Maybe bumping Olivera up from Tech 3 or giving the factory spot to Binder straight up. I wouldn't imagine too many riders would be putting their hand up for the seat as a first preference.

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Zarco IMO, has failed to demonstrate good mental strength. Whether or not this is temporary or that it was always there waiting for the requisite level of stress/challenge to show it is left to be seen. Of course, I'm speaking on relative terms here, with the proviso that all the MotoGP riders, to have reached the level that they have, do require a minimum amount of mental umph to achieve.
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Zarco IMO, has failed to demonstrate good mental strength. Whether or not this is temporary or that it was always there waiting for the requisite level of stress/challenge to show it is left to be seen. Of course, I'm speaking on relative terms here, with the proviso that all the MotoGP riders, to have reached the level that they have, do require a minimum amount of mental umph to achieve.
I think he can handle the mental stress involved in top level racing given his previous back to back world titles in the Moto2 class. I can only speculate as to his situation now, but feel he might have felt more comfortable and supported with his former Tech 3 team run by his fellow countryman Herve Poncharal. I think with Tech 3 he was the rookie with a more mature/user friendly bike development wise and also being a Satellite team any decent results he achieved got additional recognition.

It's only speculation but I get the feeling that the KTM team aren't as supportive with him, possibly not listening and actioning his requests as much as he'd like because his teammate Pol can get better results with the same equipment. I get the feeling KTM only like to hear the things that they want to hear, and someone new (not as close to the project as Pol) criticising their bike and all the hard work, time and money that has gone into it doesn't go down well and they get on the defence pointing blame square at the rider. I'm sure Zarco's results are not from lack of trying, I'm sure he's trying everything but if he isn't getting the support he needs from the team and if nothing is getting changed it's no surprise his poor results aren't changing either.

I think Zarco is a great rider, his early success with Tech 3 had the media immediately setting some ambitious and maybe unrealistic expectations of him that got interpreted as failure when they didn't materialise. It would be a shame to see him leave MotoGP but I don't know what ride options are available to him due to the poor timing of his departure. In comparison I think he did a better job than Morbedelli is (who isn't living up to the media hype generated around his MotoGP debut) in his Rookie season with the satellite Yamaha.
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For me there is no doubt Zarco is a great rider and he can be fast, but that KTM doesn't suit him well.

Unfortunately there is no place in motogp until 2021 I guess because all contracts are signed.

The only way that he can stay in motogp in 2020 (view from my couch) is if Rossi retired then Quartararo can go up to Yamaha Factory and maybe Zarco can go to Petronas SRT

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For me there is no doubt Zarco is a great rider and he can be fast, but that KTM doesn't suit him well.

Unfortunately there is no place in motogp until 2021 I guess because all contracts are signed.

The only way that he can stay in motogp in 2020 (view from my couch) is if Rossi retired then Quartararo can go up to Yamaha Factory and maybe Zarco can go to Petronas SRT
There is talk of him going back to Moto2 if there are no rides available. I don't think thats a great option but it might be the only one he has to stay in the GP circus for 2020.

As for MotoGP I don't think Nakagami's contract in signed yet, but I think thats more to do with him wanting a factory 2020 bike and LCR only having the budget for one full factory bike which Cal expects to be getting. With Nakagami being Japanese I think Honda will work hard to keep him onboard with LCR.

With Zarco knowing all this and still opting to leave his KTM ride I think behind closed doors things must be pretty unbearable for him at KTM.
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