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Zarco extends contract with Tech 3 for 2018

French rookie signs with the team for next season after superstar start to his MotoGP™ career

Double and reigning Moto2™ World Champion Johann Zarco will remain at the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team for 2018, after a stunning start to his rookie campaign.

With laps in the lead, fights for the podium and already a visit to Parc Ferme as top Independent Team rider, Zarco is the highest placed rookie in the standings so far in 2017 by some margin – and has made the best start to a premier class career since reigning Champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) moved up in 2013. Pushing for the podium, the Frenchman has already made a big impression on the grid - and is now assured to continue being able to do so into 2018.

Johann Zarco: “I am very happy to know that I will continue my MotoGP experience with Monster Yamaha Tech3 in 2018. At the moment, I am enjoying an amazing debut in this category where I have learnt a huge amount, and the team have now given me the confidence for next year, which is just fantastic. I want to say thank you to my manager Laurent Fellon who has helped me at all times and also, thanks to the people who have assisted me since I started racing in the World Championship. We can see that Tech3 is a great team because when we push, it’s possible to get a strong result. I am very happy but this is only the beginning and I will keep learning and growing so that I can regularly fight for podiums, and then once I am at this level, I plan to continue in this way for as long as possible. In 2018, the rules won’t change and I will have an entire year of experience so this will certainly help me to get to the top.”

Herve Poncharal, Team Manager: “This news is incredibly good for me and the entire Monster Yamaha Tech3 team but it is also positive for MotoGP racing worldwide and especially in France. We can announce that Johann Zarco has decided to remain with us for the 2018 season. Perhaps he could have waited a bit longer to make this decision, but he told me that he is happy and ready to commit himself to us. We are very proud to have that sort of confidence from Johann. He has already brought some amazing things to the team, such as huge excitement and joy, but he has also given us some pride back. I’m sure the best is yet to come, yet what he has done in the first four rounds is really impressive. I would like to thank Johann’s manager Laurent Fellon for his superb commitment and if Johann is performing in this way, it’s because Laurent took good care of him and helped him to grow into the rider that he is. We are more than happy to keep ZF with us, Z for Zarco and F for Fellon, and now we can fight in the remainder of the 2017 season with a high spirit. In addition, we can go out and try to find the partners who will be on our side in 2018. I would like to thank Johann and Laurent so let’s hope that this news will help him to be as strong as the whole crowd is expecting him to be for his home GP here in Le Mans.”

Zarco on a mission: superstar rookie sets sights on home GP