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Johann Zarco, Pramac Racing
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Did the Qatar GP hint at Ducati’s true MotoGP leader?

OPINION: Johann Zarco talked a big game pre-season, and is so far vindicating himself as a factory rider at Pramac after finishing the Qatar GP as top Ducati in second. And contrasting his and Jack Miller's weekends and their approaches, is Zarco emerging as Ducati's true MotoGP leader?

Despite his absence from the 2021 grid, Andrea Dovizioso’s spectre hung over the paddock during the Qatar Grand Prix. On the week before the race it was announced he will test the Aprilia in April, while his manager batted away suggestions it could lead to race outings this season.

But it was at Ducati where he really loomed. Dovizioso ensured during MotoGP’s previous two visits to Qatar the top step of the podium was stained in red. As Ducati moves forward with its refreshed roster, that run was expected to continue in 2021.

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