Johann Zarco (Ducati/12th): Escort for Jorge / MotoGP

Johann Zarco (Ducati/12th): Escort for Jorge / MotoGP

After falling behind at the start, the Qatar race became a sensitive task for Johann Zarco. It was important to protect his teammate Jorge Martin.

“I had problems with the engine brake all weekend,” said Johann Zarco (33), apologizing for his low performance in the second-to-last weekend as a Ducati rider. “That’s why my rear wheel is always locked. We couldn’t solve this problem, and that’s why I missed the best line in the corner more than once during the race.”

After teammate and title contender Jorge Martin crashed out of the race, Johann Zarco soon found himself with his Prima Pramac Ducati team-mate. “I really didn’t know what to do. I know that one point in Valencia can decide the fight for the world title.” Then he would decide to take a faithful escort. “So I could protect my rear tire a little bit.”

Moto2 World Champion from 2015 and 2016, and finally MotoGP race winner since this year’s GP at Phillip Island, but he had more problems ahead of him. “It wasn’t a problem with the temperature or the pressure. But I didn’t feel good about it.”

Johann Zarco can’t say for sure why World Championship contender Jorge Martin crashed so badly in the race at the Lusail International Circuit. “When I drove behind him, I saw that he couldn’t put as much pressure on the front tires as we know him.” To make matters worse, Repsol-Honda also joined the struggling Pramac-Ducati car. “It was a bit difficult. He was better at quick changes of direction. But I wanted to protect Jorge.” Next year’s LCR Honda rider Zarco can feel the pressure the Spaniard is feeling now. “We are already at the limit if we are only fighting for tenth place like here.”

Johann Zarco is currently fifth in the World Cup and heading to the final in Valencia. However, with the 204 points he has earned so far, he feels the hot breath of Aleix Espargaró (198) and Luca Marini (194) on his neck. Aleix Espargaró’s start is still up in the air after breaking his fibula head in Qatar.

Results of the MotoGP race, Doha (19.11.):

1. Di Giannantonio, Ducati, 22 Rdn in 41:43.654 minutes
2. Bagnaia, Ducati, +2.734 sec
3. Marini, Ducati, + 4,408
4. Viñales, Aprilia, +4,488
5. Binder, KTM, + 7,246
6. Alex Márquez, Ducati, +7,620
7. Quartararo, Yamaha, + 7,828
8. Bastianini, Ducati, +8,239
9. Miller, KTM, + 11,509
10. Martin, Ducati, + 14,819
11. Marc Márquez, Honda, +14,964
12. Zarco, Ducati, +17,431
13. Bezzecchi, Ducati, + 17,807
14. Mir, Honda, +18,673
15. Augusto Fernandez, KTM, + 21,455
16. Morbidelli, Yamaha, + 21,474
17. Raúl Fernandez, Aprilia, +22,142
18. Pol Espargaro, KTM, +27,194
19. Nakagami, Honda, +27,740
– Aleix Espargaró, Aprilia, 16 laps back
– Lecuona, Honda, 1st round incomplete

Results MotoGP Sprint, Doha (18.11.):

1. Martin, Ducati, 11 Rdn at 20:52,634 minutes
2. Di Giannantonio, Ducati, +0.391 sec
3. Marini, Ducati, + 2,875
4. Alex Márquez, Ducati, + 3,370
5. Bagnaia, Ducati, +3,957
6. Viñales, Aprilia, +4,239
7. Binder, KTM, + 5,761
8. Quartararo, Yamaha, + 6,454
9. Augusto Fernandez, KTM, +8,285
10. Zarco, Ducati, +8,314
11. Marc Márquez, Honda, +9,596
12. Miller, KTM, + 10,173
13. Bezzecchi, Ducati, + 10,646
14. Raúl Fernandez, Aprilia, +11,117
15. Morbidelli, Yamaha, + 12,163
16. Pol Espargaro, KTM, +12,745
17. Lecuona, Honda, + 19,285
18. Nakagami, Honda, +26,238
19. Mir, Honda, +28,446
20. Bastianini, Ducati, +35,553
– Aleix Espargaró, Aprilia, 10 laps back
– Oliveira, Aprilia, round 1 incomplete

MotoGP World Championship standings after 37 of 39 races:

1. Bagnaia 437 Points. 2. Martin 416. 3. Bezzecchi 326. 4. Binder 268. 5. Zarco 204. 6. Aleix Espargaró 198. 7. Marini 194. 8. Viñales 192. 9. Quartararo 167. Alex Mi. 16.5. . Pedrosa 32. 22. Mir 26. 23. Pol Espargaró 13. 24. Savadori 9. 25. Folger 9. 26. Bradl 8. 27. Pirro 5. 28. Petrucci 5. 29. Crutchlow 3.

World Builders Championship:

1. Ducati, 663 points (world champion). 2. KTM 348. 3. Aprilia 309. 4. Yamaha 187. 5. Honda 174.

World Cup Team:

1. Prima Pramac Racing, 620 Points (Weltmeister). 2. Ducati Team Lenovo 531. 3. Mooney VR46 Racing 520. 4. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 431. 5. Aprilia Racing 390. 6. Gresini Racing 299. 7. Monster Energy Yamaha 260. 8. Crypto20.1 RNF9. Repsol Honda 115. 10. LCR Honda 112. 11. GASGAS Factory Racing Tech3, 93.

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