Johann Zarco looks to carry good work through in Austin08/04/2015
Ajo Motorsport rider wants to bounce back from bittersweet first race of the year with an excellent Grand Prix of The Americas.
Only a mechanical failure prevented Johann Zarco from taking his first win in Moto2 in Qatar, on his debut with the Ajo Motorsport team. A superb weekend, in which he never placed outside the Top 3 in practice, was halted only by bad luck preventing the French rider from opening 2015 with a win. In the end he had to settle for a creditable eighth place. Still smiling, Zarco heads to the United States confident and convinced that following the same working formula will bring success soon enough.
Eighth position at Losail was his best start to a season in the intermediate category, but not a just reward for a weekend in which his chances of a win were high. Zarco arrives at the Circuit of The Americas optimistic and aware of the potential of the package available to him. Despite a crash in the race last year, a front row achieved in 2014 and sixth –gaining 11 places– in 2013 are two happy memories of the track.
After the nighttime opening round in Qatar, the Grand Prix of The Americas returns the World Championship to its usual format of daytime action from Friday to Sunday. The Moto2 race is set for 12:20pm local time, as part of the first of two consecutive weekends of racing.
Circuit information – Austin
Length: 5.513 m / 3.426 miles
Width: 15 metres
Left corners: 11
Right corners: 9
Longest straight: 1.200 m / 0.746 miles
“The end result in Qatar was unfair after the great weekend we had, but that’s racing and anything can happen. Anyway, I will keep a smile on my face because the work we did –throughout the whole team– was excellent and I felt very comfortable on the bike, it was very easy to ride and the times were good every day. In the end we picked up eight important points. The objective in Austin will be to copy exactly the same way of working and hope that luck is on our side on Sunday. Last year I failed to finish the race but started from the front row and in 2013 I was in the Top 10, so it’s a circuit I think is fairly good for me. Every year is different, so I’m eager to finish off a good weekend with a result on raceday.”