Silly season in MotoGP continues. Pramac Racing have announced that they will be retaining both of their riders for the upcoming 2022 season. This announcement precludes the return of Jorge Martin, who has missed the last 4 rounds due to multiple injuries sustained in Free Practise during the Portuguese GP. However, before his accident, he showed extreme promise in his first two races as a premier class rookie, taking pole position and a podium finish in the Doha GP.
Martin was the 2018 Moto3 World Champion, and with another year assured for him to progress in the premier class, I believe we will see him emerge as a title contender rather sooner than later.
As for Johann Zarco, the Frenchman has experienced a rather tumultuous run during his premier class tenure, after rapid success on the Tech3 Yamaha bike, but then falling foul of a torrid relationship within KTM. However, since he was enfolded into the Ducati family, the sparkle of the double Moto2 world champion has slowly been coming back, and during his first year in Pramac colours, he is consistently battling for podium places, and currently lies 2nd overall in the ongoing championship.
With both riders showing scintillating form, it is no surprise that Pramac have rushed to retain them, and it would appear that the decision is one that everyone is pleased with:
We are very satisfied to be able to continue on this “project” with Johann and Jorge, two boys with whom we get along very well and with whom we are reaching excellent results. Both Ducati and ourselves firmly believe in their abilities; we couldn’t be happier.Paolo Campinotti, Pramac Racing
Johann and Jorge this year have inserted themselves very well in the Pramac Racing team. For this reason, together with Paolo Campinoti and Francesco Guidotti, we have decided to proceed with them into 2022. We will put at the disposition of both, the official bikes for next season as well. We are certain that they will provide us with many satisfactions.Paolo Ciabatti, Pramac Racing
The 2022 (and beyond) grid is starting to take shape, and with many favourites remaining, whilst some fast young talent is also coming through the ranks, the future of motorcycle racing is looking very exciting indeed. Much athe same as last season, the grid is already filling up fast, with new riders coming up from the lower classes.
This article was written by the fantastic Rebekah Lee, our resident Motorsport nut and MA Creative writing graduate. She’s been fascinated by all things motorsports since childhood – follow her on Twitter at @bekahjlee
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