Featured MotoGP: Zarco set to make LCR Honda MotoGP debut at Phillip Island

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    Johann Zarco will make his debut in LCR Honda IDEMITSU colours this weekend as he replaces Takaaki Nakagami at the Australian Grand Prix.

    The 2017 MotoGP rookie of the season has joined Lucio Cecchinello’s outfit for the final three races of the calendar with Nakagami having opted to undergo shoulder surgery ahead of the 2020 campaign.

    Zarco will be determined to demonstrate the ability that saw him claim three podiums back in 2017 as he rejoins the MotoGP class following his acrimonious mid-season split from KTM.

    Paddock insiders believe this is a dress rehearsal for the Frenchman to take Jorge Lorenzo’s seat inside the Repsol Honda team for the 2020 season. If Zarco impresses Honda bosses in the next three races, he will be offered Lorenzo’s ride. If he fails to deliver, his MotoGP dream will be over.

    The Frenchman said: “I’m very happy. It’s difficult to fix a target, but I want to clear up all the feelings I got this year, because I had a great first two years in MotoGP, but this year has been really complicated. It looked like the MotoGP story was finished, but then Lucio (Cecchinello) called me to catch the opportunity to ride in these three races and yes, I’m catching it because it’s maybe my last three races. I took a big risk this summer quitting my contract for 2020, but I realized that racing is what I want to do. So now I have a short future, but I can live it with a lot of intensity.”

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