Although for Mwah, I-T were Over A long time ago, especially since it's so G-Damn Hard to follow these days Stateside anymore...
Not really sure why I was even inclined to search for news about my current Numero Uno MotoGP Kneedragger' Johann Zarco Wayback a Fortnight before Halloween. But was ultra surprised by the results that popped up on Ye "Intrawoods'," nee Internetz'.
As I'll confess I was totally unawares' that Zarco had been Dismissed from his Factory ride by KTM midway thru the 2019 MotoGP Season; Huh?
And only became aware of this when inadvertently stumblin' upon the news that Johann was being given a life-line by LCR Honda as Rookie Takaaki Nakagami's substitute for the final three races of the year. As the Japanese Rider would be undergoing season ending shoulder surgery after his Home race.
As this spawned much Scuttlebutt, including Thee Doctor', nee Valentino Rossi saying that Zarco appeared to be giving up a future Yamahopper' test rider opportunity in favour of aligning himself as Jorge Lorenzo's replacement at rivals Repsol Honda next year.
Whilst you'd have to think that Yamaha Rookie Satellite Rider Fabio Quartararo is All the rage right now for future Yamaha Works inclusion, Eh?
Thus I casually followed Zarco's return, noting he was outpacing Lorenzo, even if on an inferior Scooter', albeit the Honda RC 213V wasn't noted to enjoy Johan's smooth riding style. And then Zarco was injured in a Freak Crash at the Season Finale, which once again I was totally unawares' of...
Yet the final round at Valencia saw the Media Centre in Ah-Tizzy' upon Jorge Lorenzo's "Shock" Retirement Announcement on the Thursday of the MotoGP Race Weekend.
This led to rampant out of control speculation upon who'd become Marc Marquez's new team-mate for 2020? With Zarco a leading contender.
Yet I must say it's a curious choice to Mwah, even if he's now the reigning Moto2 Champion, but seriously?
As this announcement seemingly left Johann Zarco without a MotoGP ride for next year, especially after the Frenchman lambasted the one lone possibility, Reale Avintia Racing by claiming he'd rather return to Moto2! Specifically to the Mark VDS seat vacated by Alex Marquez.
Although Mark VDS has subsequently announced Augusto Fernandez as Alex Marquez's replacement next year, meaning the Zarco to Avintia MotoGP seat is the worst kept secret currently...
Yet Zarco has since Backtracked after being spotted talking to Ducati Bosses, and then the Door to Avintia was thrown wide open with the Team's Sacking of current rider Karel Abraham, who was None to Impressed over his Firing, and has since announced his retirement.
Thus, we're just left Ah-waitin' the public confirmation that Zarco will indeed return to MotoGP for 2020 aboard the Satellite Duc', albeit he'll be riding a 2019 Spec Desmosedici GP19 Scooter.
Whilst perhaps in waiting to a Call-up to the Factory Squad in 2021 as Danilo Petrucci's replacement? Although Pramac's Jack Miller might have something to say 'bout that himself, Eh?
Meanwhile, Inquiring Minds wanna Know, is it finally time for Thee Doctor to hang up his racing leathers?