The team previews ahead of the 2021 MotoGP season are continuing on Last Lap, with the next one looking at Pramac Racing.
Make sure to check out our other team previews too!
Pramac have a very exciting line-up for 2021, mixing youth and experience in the form of Jorge Martin and Johann Zarco. I have rated Martin highly since making his debut in the Moto3 class in 2015, and his presence in MotoGP excites me.
The Spaniard was unlucky in 2020 after testing positive for Covid-19 half-way through the year, dashing his hopes of putting up a fight for the Moto2 title.
I don’t think we should expect wonders from the 23-year-old, however we should certainly expect to see the 2018 Moto3 Champion consistently fighting within the top-ten as the season goes on.
The satellite Ducati team have made a wise choice in hiring Zarco, the Frenchman looked to be in contention for the factory Ducati seat, but instead will race with Pramac and I believe he will fit in nicely at the Italian squad.
After taking the MotoGP world by storm in his first two seasons in 2017 and 2018 with Tech3, the 30-year-old struggled when he moved to KTM for 2019. A one-year stint on the Esponsorama (Avintia) Ducati last year will set him up nicely for his first season with the Pramac Racing Team.
Zarco had a quietly impressive season last year, finishing 13th in the standings and taking one pole and one podium on a bike that was arguably one of the weakest on the grid, so I believe we will see the Frenchman back to his best in 2021.
Pramac certainly have the equipment to be one of the fastest teams on the grid, and this year looks like it will be a successful one for the satellite outfit. As soon as Martin gets up to speed with that Ducati bike, he will be a solid rider on the grid alongside his French teammate.
The Pramac team ride into 2021 sporting an all-new lineup: Pecco Bagnaia and Jack Miller are out. In come Jorge Martin and Johann Zarco.
The satellite Ducati racers finished fifth in the Teams’ Standings in 2020 and the Italian squad will want to repeat that feat at the least in 2021. That task may prove difficult and the two new riders must get up to speed quickly.
Zarco’s initial success with Tech3 feels a long time ago. The Frenchman burst onto the scene so well that KTM offered him a factory ride, however the Austrian team’s move didn’t work. So much so that Zarco left before the season ended. The French rider experienced a solid 2020; now, he gets a shot on the Ducati to prove that the speed still exists.
Rookie Martin jumps into the premier class to join Zarco. The Spaniard displayed speed last year in Moto2; sadly, his season got derailed after a positive Covid-19 test. The 23-year-old is a firm fixture in the paddock; he made his Moto3 debut in 2015.
The Pramac Racing team are in a good spot; there is a good blend of youth and experience. The factory-spec Ducati bike will allow them to compete at the front. They could spring a few shocks in 2021.