Former double Moto2 World Champion Johann Zarco and Red Bull KTM will not complete the second season of a two-year agreement together in 2020.
Zarco and the factory team have mutually decided to end his stint in orange at the end of the 2019 campaign.
The 29 year old joined KTM with 2018 teammate Hafizh Syahrin from Tech 3 Yamaha towards the end of 2018. Zarco was drafted to the Red Bull Factory, while Syahrin went to Tech 3 KTM team which is KTM’s satellite team. Both riders found it difficult to adjust to KTM machine after the switch from Yamaha. Prior to this news, KTM has announce that Hafizh Syahrin will be replaced by Brad Binder, the 2016 Moto3 World Champion.
This season Zarco with full-factory support and adapting his riding style to the KTM RC16 and with the team tried relentlessly to mould the #5 machine to the Frenchman’s wishes and requirements, yet still struggle adapt to the aggressive nature of the RC16. This whole season to date with 11 races gone, Zarco struggles to finish among MotoGP’s top 15, only with a best finish result of tenth in CatalunyaGP.
Ultimately both Johann and the team decided not to proceed with their joint project for 2020 and Johann now will focus on giving the maximum for the final eight rounds and remaining months of MotoGP 2019.