Frenchman Johann Zarco has admitted he has signed a deal to ride for the Avintia Ducati MotoGP team next year but sees it as a step towards the works squad in 2021.
Zarco left the factory KTM team halfway through this season and then stood in for Taka Nakagami at LCR Honda before some negotiations saw Karel Abraham leave the Avintia crew. Zarco confirmed to Moto Revue that he will take the Czech rider’s place next to Tito Rabat.
“It’s a fact that Luigi Dall’Igna told me that I could trust him in deciding to sign for Avintia next year,” said Zarco.
“As I still doubted the ability of the Avintia team, I went to see my former chief mechanic Massimo Branchini. Massimo told me to trust Luigi. It’s Luigi Dall’Igna who will take care of finding me a good chief mechanic.
“Besides, I do not consider that I signed with Avintia, but with Ducati. “My goal for 2020 is be no lower than 10th, to be in the top seven and join the official team in 2021.”