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Johann Zarco and KTM: A calculated risk

Johann Zarco's long-awaited switch to KTM for the 2019 season was finally announced ahead of last weekend's Spanish Grand Prix, with the Austrian marque revealing it had snapped up the Frenchman's services for at least the next two years, placing him alongside Pol Espargaro. KTM's CEO Stefan Pierer made no secret of his fondness to reclaim to the 2007 Red Bull Rookies Cup champion into the Austrian firm's fold, telling German press at Valencia last year that Zarco was “the only rider I am seriously considering for 2019”. High praise, considering four-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez had been linked to that seat. However, Pierer made it clear in the...
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