Johann Zarco was born on July 16, 1990, in Cannes (France). A French Grand Prix motorcycle racer, he rose to fame by winning the Moto2 World Championships in 2015 and 2016, setting a record points total in 2015. Zarco also achieved success in MotoGP, securing his first win and multiple podium finishes. In 2017, he was acknowledged as the top independent rider, finishing sixth overall with Monster Yamaha Tech3.

Johann Zarco


Starting in the 125cc World Championship in 2009, Zarco emerged as a strong contender, securing the runner-up position in 2011. Transitioning to Moto2, he dominated the class by winning consecutive championships in 2015 and 2016, a remarkable achievement unparalleled since the class’s inception in 2010.

Moving up to MotoGP in 2017, Zarco made an impressive debut with Monster Yamaha Tech3, securing three podiums and two pole positions. Despite challenges, including a mid-contract departure from Red Bull KTM Factory Racing in 2019, Zarco continued to showcase his talent with various teams, including LCR Honda Idemitsu and Reale Avintia Racing.

In 2020, Zarco performed well with Ducati and Esponsorama Racing, earning a podium in the Czech GP before joining Pramac Racing for 2021. Despite arm pump issues hindering his performance, he secured a fifth-place finish in the standings.

Remaining with Pramac in 2022, Zarco continued his pursuit of a premier class victory, securing four podiums and two poles. His perseverance paid off in 2023 when he clinched his first win at Phillip Island, ending his streak as the rider with the most poles and podiums without a premier class victory.

In 2024, Zarco joined CASTROL Honda LCR, eager to embark on a new challenge in Grand Prix motorcycle racing and build upon his impressive legacy in the sport.

Team HRC, which won its second consecutive Suzuka 8 Hours in 2023, will once again line up as Honda’s factory team with a factory bike based on the CBR1000RR-R FIREBLADE SP. This year Zarco will join the team to compete in his very first Suzuka 8 Hours.

Zarco will be joined by 2022/2023 champion Takumi Takahashi (age 34, Saitama) and Team HRC newcomer, Teppei Nagoe (age 26, Tokyo).

Career Information

2012 Moto2 World Championship 10th
2013 Moto2 World Championship 9th
2014 Moto2 World Championship 6th
2015 Moto2 World Champion
2016 Moto2 World Champion
2017 MotoGP World Championship 6th
2018 MotoGP World Championship 6th
2019 MotoGP World Championship 18th
2020 MotoGP World Championship 13th
2021 MotoGP World Championship 5th
2022 MotoGP World Championship 8th
2023 MotoGP World Championship 5th
2024 MotoGP World Championship
Suzuka 8 Hours