Zarco impressed Ducati in his first season driving the Desmosedici GP with Reale Avintia in 2020.
A change in the rider line-up saw Zarco move to Pramac Racing in 2021, and get a factory team bike from Ducati.
The decision proved right, with the Frenchman securing two second podiums in the opening two races in Qatar.
However, entering the second half of the season, Zarco’s performance began to decline and was inconsistent in every race.
Guidotti was shocked by what happened to Zarco. But, previously he experienced the same situation in the second season of Moto2 and with Tech3 Yamaha in MotoGP.
The man who will become the KTM Team Manager starting next year feels psychological factors are the main cause.
“Sometimes Johann loses his way. Then the situation became difficult. But, that is the characteristic of many racers in grid. It’s seen a lot in recent years,” Guidotti said Motosan.
“The 2020 season was very impressive, because it was a short season with only 14 races. But with 18 or 20 grand prize, many drivers struggle to keep their performance at the highest level.
“Riders who are successful usually win the championship. Even if you falter in two or three races, you can barely win the title. That’s what we’ve learned.”
In the last two years, MotoGP has presented a different world champion, after Marc Marquez dominated for many years.
The most consistent riders proved to be victorious at the end of the season, and Guidotti feels MotoGP today is very dependent on the conditions in the race.
“If you are used to riding in a certain way, and Johann rides with less effort and uses less power with his racing style, at some point you will find it difficult,” he said.
“If you want to be really fast with this bike, as a rider you have to put more power and energy every year.”
Johann Zarco, Pramac Racing
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Leaving Pramac Racing has been extremely difficult for Francesco Guidotti, and he has no doubts that he will miss the atmosphere in the team he has been with for many years.
“Of course, he (Paolo Campinoti, owner of Pramac) will be happy if he beats me every duel with KTM,” he said.
“Honestly, this is sad. I feel sad because Pramac is a special team, which I was involved in for 10 years.”