After weeks of speculaion, innuendo and rumours, overnight the Reale Avintia Racing Team announced that Johann Zarco will join Tito Rabat in their team for MotoGP season 2020 and that Ducati is raising their official support level for the team.
The Ducati satellite team will be joined by two track engineers and two Ducati Corse electronic technicians that will follow the activity of the two riders of the Demosedici GP19 throughout the coming season.
Zarco, two-time Moto2 World Champion, has signed a one-year agreement directly with Ducati and will be on track for the next season for the first time in the winter tests scheduled at Sepang from 7 to 9 February.
After riding for Tech3 Yamaha in 2018, Red Bull KTM for the first half of 2019 before closing out the season with LCR Honda, we will see the Frenchman on his fourth different brand of machinery in the space of 15 months.
Raúl Romero – Reale Avintia Racing Team Owner
“I am really happy and excited with the arrival of a great rider like Johann Zarco to our team from the hand of Ducati. This further strengthens the growth of the team after extending the contract with the Manufacter of Borgo Panigale, making a leap of quality in terms of material by becoming a satellite team. All this package will allow to reflect in the circuits the effort of the structure in the last years. We hope to see Johann and Tito assiduously in the top ten and become a reference team soon. Finally, we would like to thank all our sponsors for their efforts in recent years, without them this would not have been possible.”
“I am very pleased to officially announce my signature with Ducati for 2020 season in MotoGP category racing in the Reale Avintia Racing Team. My left ankle is recovering well, I can enjoy now my winter time having rest with family and training again very soon!”
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