Johann Zarco is out of contention for the 2023 Ducati Factory seat that is up for grabs according to Simon Patterson

Johann Zarco is out of contention for the 2023 Ducati Factory seat that is up for grabs according to Simon Patterson

Simon Patterson and Johann Zarco

Johann Zarco was on pole position for the 2022 Monster Energy Grand Prix. Title rival and current world championship leader Fabio Quartararo couldn’t improve on his time and ended up fourth on the grid. Aleix Espargaro who was second in the championship standings had a massive crash during FP4 which resulted in the Aprilia rider not being at 100% in the remaining part of the weekend. This meant a P6 start for the Spanish rider which furthermore gave an advantage to Johann Zarco who was third in the championship standings.

It was a dream opportunity for Johann Zarco to take advantage of the situation as he had the best chance to win starting first. Fabio Quartararo had to serve a long lap penalty for his antics in Assen meanwhile Aleix Espargaro was barely fit to race but was allowed to . All of this translated into an easy victory or at least a higher result than the top two championship contenders. This wasn’t the case as the Pramac Ducati rider managed to crash out of the lead, disappointing himself and others in his garage.

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Simon Patterson criticizes Johann Zarco’s disappointing British GP crash

Johann Zarco
Johann Zarco

“That crash should pretty conclusively answer why Johann Zarco isn’t in contention for Ducati’s remaining 2023 factory seat. It is all too common to see him fluff it when he’s got a golden chance to finally win,” he said.

The Ducati Factory seat is up for grabs for 2023 with Miller leaving the squad. It seems pretty obvious after this race that Johann Zarco won’t be Ducati’s first priority while picking Pecco’s teammate.

It was massively disappointing to see the French rider bottle this win as it was all going in his favour. With Zarco failing to finish, Pecco Bagnaia took the race victory and title rivals Aleix and Fabio finished in the points. This will further increase their advantage on the championship points table and leave Zarco wondering what went wrong.

What were your thoughts on the 2022 British Grand Prix?

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