Tech3 has signed 2015 Moto2 champion and current series leader Johann Zarco to race in the 2017 MotoGP championship. Zarco’s contract is for one year with an option for a second. The signing pairs the Cannes-born Zarco with MotoGP’s lone French team. Zarco joins Jonas Folger to ride the Tech3 satellite Yamaha YZR-M1.

Zarco made his GP world championship debut in 2009 in the 125cc class, moving up to the Moto2 championship in 2012. The Frenchman improved every season, leading up to a dominant 2015 season where he claimed eight race wins and 14 total podiums to win the title by 118 points over Alex Rins.

This season has been a lot closer with Zarco tied with Rins with 126 points but holding the edge in wins 3-2.

“It goes without saying that I am very happy to join the MotoGP class with Tech3 and I am confident that we can form a solid partnership,” says Zarco. “The team has a deep relationship and long history with Yamaha and they have proved that they can manage well in every situation and have had a good package year after year.”

This pleases me and it gives me extra motivation for reaching my targets in the 2017 season. Of course, it seems like a logical step for a French team and a French champion to work together, and now finally the deal is done which is certainly positive news. I really will do my best and prepare myself for the maximum because I think it’s more than possible to get some top results in MotoGP after my long experience in the intermediate clas