Paris, France: Frenchman Johann Zarco has been tasked with helping Red Bull KTM Factory Racing "reach the next level" in Moto GP after officially joining the team Thursday for the 2019 and 2020 seasons.
Zarco, a former two-time world champion in Moto2, was crowned Rookie of the Year in 2017 and is considered by KTM as a future champion in the making.
"It is clear that we want to take another step in MotoGP. The first two years were about building up the project and to get everything running," says Pit Beirer, the Motorsports Director for KTM.
"You always want to get the best possible riders on board and it’s obvious with Johann beating the factory guys on satellite machinery and consistently qualifying on the front row means he is a strong fighter with a strong spirit.
"I’m convinced we can reach the next level with a rider like Johann with us."
Zarco, currently on a Yamaha, is fifth in the MotoGP world championship standings after three races, eight points behind leader Andrea Dovizioso on a Ducati.