Zarco returned to manufacturing unit rider standing this yr for the primary time since quitting KTM after a disastrous 2019 after Ducati promoted him to Pramac from Avintia on full works-spec equipment.
The Frenchman scored 4 podiums from the primary 9 races – all of them second-place finishes – and at the moment sits second within the standings 34 factors adrift of chief Fabio Quartararo.
Assessing the primary half of his 2021 season, Zarco stated: “It’s higher than the expectations, higher than what I may announce initially of the season.
“However as soon as you’re there, you might want to take this chance and it’s my last goal to struggle for the title and attempt to be world champion in MotoGP.
“So, if every part has to return now I’ve to be intelligent and go to take it.
“So, it’s higher than what I used to be saying however I can’t relaxation myself simply because it’s higher.
“I want to only use this second and take it, so I’m fairly blissful.
“And If I simply take into consideration the title, I may very well be disillusioned to lose factors to Fabio [at Assen] but when I additionally take into consideration the championship, I’m blissful I gained on the riders which might be simply behind me.
“So, it was operation as soon as once more.”
Johann Zarco, Pramac Racing
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Regardless of not profitable a race in 2021 but, Zarco is the main Ducati rider within the championship – however admits that is immaterial to him as his principal intention is to beat Quartararo.
“The objective is to remain forward of Fabio, it isn’t to be the primary Ducati,” he stated.
“By going behind Fabio, I’m the primary Ducati, in order that’s good however it’s not the principle objective.
“With such place within the championship, the objective is to attain extra factors and dream of being world champion.
“With [Jack] Miller and [Francesco] Bagnaia I perceive one another very effectively and it signifies that there are three superb riders for Ducati who don’t struggle one another.”