Johann Zarco will contest the three final races of the 2019 MotoGP season on an LCR-run Honda bike, the Japanese manufacturer announced on Wednesday.
The 29-year-old will ride a year-old Honda RC213V, replacing Honda-contracted LCR team regular Takaaki Nakagami.
Honda announced the day prior that Nakagami has had his MotoGP deal extended through 2020, but that he will skip the Phillip Island, Sepang and Valencia races for shoulder surgery and subsequent recovery.
Zarco, who had begun the season as a works KTM rider but was relieved of his duties shortly prior to the Aragon race, has now been officially confirmed as the stand-in for all three events.
"I’m really thankful to have this chance, and I will do my best to pick up some good results and to enjoy the time, because these could be the last three races I can do for a while," Zarco said.
"I would like to thank KTM for releasing me so that I can do these races on another bike. Let’s see what I can do."a
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