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Sport Ducati 2021: is Johann Zarco following in the footsteps of Andrea Dovizioso?

12:15  25 january  2021
12:15  25 january  2021 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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Last week, Andrea Dovizioso announced he would be leaving Ducati at the end of 2021 , which has led to numerous rumours as "We will also continue with Johann Zarco , and then we will make up our mind just before Misano." Autosport reported earlier in the year that Ducati had agreed a deal with

Ducati has clarified it will decide Andrea Dovizioso ’s MotoGP future with the marque at the conclusion of the Austrian double-header next weekend. In the wake of the coronavirus crisis, Ducati has moved to scale back on big-money contracts going forward – which has caused talks with Dovizioso

Kann Johann Zarco bei Ducati die Rolle des Anführers übernehmen? © Motorsport Images Can Johann Zarco take on the role of leader at Ducati?

Ducati has significantly rejuvenated its three MotoGP teams for the 2021 season. Jack Miller and Francesco "Pecco" Bagnaia, who celebrated their 26th and 24th birthday in January, drive in the works team. With Jorge Martin, Enea Bastianini and Luca Marini, three of the six Ducati drivers are rookies. Pramac driver Johann Zarco is 30 years old and the oldest of the Ducati drivers.

Will Zarco take on the role of leader at Ducati, following in the footsteps of Andrea Dovizioso? "I hope he will not be missed," jokes Zarco in an interview with 'GPOne' and explains: "That would mean that we are working well and that we are on the right track. Ducati will have hungry and competitive riders in 2021 to help develop the machine is accelerated. "

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Andrea Dovizioso and Ducati will not renew their partnership for the 2021 MotoGP season, bringing an end to an eight-year partnership in the premier class. While Dovizioso remaining with Ducati for 2021 looked a likely scenario at the start of the year, talks between both parties stalled during the

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Johann Zarco © Motorsport Images Johann Zarco

Zarco could find his way into the works team via Pramac. "I aim to be as fast as Jack. I want to fight for the podium and for victories," is the Frenchman's description of his goals for the MotoGP season in 2021.

"Last year we saw many different winners and many different drivers on the Podium. I am convinced that I can win with Pramac because the team has everything it takes to be successful, "explains Zarco, who is still based on Dovizioso's data.

"I don't focus on a specific driver, but Dovizioso is still the best role model when you look at his successes in recent years and his victories and podiums," admits the Pramac driver.

In terms of driving style, Zarco has some parallels to former champion Jorge Lorenzo. "I don't know if I have a special driving style or not," ponders Zarco. "But I definitely had to adapt very quickly. There are still a few areas where I have problems compared to Miller and Pecco, but also compared to Dovizioso."

For Ducati-Corse boss Luigi Dall'Igna, Zarco is an important driver due to his special driving style. "Dall'Igna was pleased with my driving style and at the same time noticed that the Ducati works with different drivers. It is encouraging that we saw at least one Ducati on every track in 2020," said Zarco.

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