The Frenchman as a substitute expects to experience with LCR for the following two seasons, having signed to make the transfer to the satellite tv for pc Honda crew from Pramac Ducati earlier this yr.
Zarco admission follows the revelation that Honda is pursuing present RNF Aprilia rider Miguel Oliveira as Marquez’s substitute on the works Repsol squad.
Forward of this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island, Zarco confessed he considered himself because the most certainly option to fill Gresini Ducati-bound Marquez’s spot, however urged the Japanese producer had a distinct view of the scenario.
“I actually thought I’d be the pure candidate, however there are a lot of different causes that it didn’t end up ‘naturally’,” Zarco stated.
“It’s not vivid to be within the manufacturing facility crew simply because the seat is free. I’ve to be there as a result of they wished me.
“For the time being Marc stated ‘no’, I anticipated far more enthusiasm from Honda and the manufacturing facility crew to push for this.”
Zarco additionally acknowledged that LCR boss Lucio Cecchinello could be loath to lose the rider he has signed for 2024, and that by staying with the satellite tv for pc crew he has extra probabilities of having the ability to lengthen his MotoGP profession past subsequent yr.
“It’s logical that Lucio needs to work with me, as a result of I’m combating for the highest 5 within the championship, and for him it may inspire his sponsors,” stated Zarco.
“It’s higher to essentially see [through] this mission with Lucio and Honda, than attempt to be within the manufacturing facility crew for only one yr. Possibly it may be extra attention-grabbing for the wage when you’ve got a two-year mission, than in the event you simply put in vitality for one yr.”
Oliveira confirmed final week in Indonesia he had an “method” from Honda about the potential for changing Marquez, however pressured he had not but had a concrete supply.
Requested for an replace on the scenario on Thursday, the Portuguese rider stated: “Nothing else so as to add on my aspect. If that [an offer] comes, I’ll have extra to say.”