Johann Zarco finishes second at Italian GP and extends series lead


French rider completes intelligent race at Mugello, price taking second to extend his lead in Moto2 standings to 31 points.

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The Moto2 Italian GP was held today at Mugello in excellent weather conditions of sun, clear skies and warm temperatures. Johann Zarco came into the race with the aim of fighting for the podium, starting from sixth position on the grid. The Ajo Motorsport rider eventually finished second, taking a fifth consecutive podium.

Sixth on the grid, the World Championship leader slotted into eighth in the front group, which slowly stretched out as the race went on. Focusing on his own race, Zarco gained places lap by lap, moving up to fifth on Lap 3. In the space of just two laps, the Moto2 Championship leader then ascended to third. Determined to fight for the victory, ahead Ajo Motorsport rider overtook Dominique Aegerter twelve laps from the end.

Closing the gap to the race leader, the Frenchman caught Tito Rabat in an attempt to try to get a win on the last lap –in which he set his quickest lap time. In the end, Zarco crossed the finish line in second place, a result that allows him to extend his lead at the head of the standings in the Moto2 World Championship.

Zarco now leads the way with 109 points, 31 more than his closest rival. He will be in action again from June 12th to 14th, at the Catalan GP.

Race – Results
1. Tito Rabat (Kalex) 39:40.545
2. Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) +0.308
3. Dominique Aergerter (Kalex) +5.280
4. Sam Lowes (Speed Up) +5.280
5. Luis Salom (Kalex) +7.49

Moto2 World Championship Standing 2015
1. Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) 109 points
2. Tito Rabat (Kalex) 78 points
3. Thomas Luthi (Kalex) 68 points
4. Sam Lowes (Speed Up) 67 points
5. Jonas Folger (Kalex) 57 points

Johann Zarco,
“This is a positive result, because after this Grand Prix I have a 31-points lead over my nearest rival, which is now Tito [Rabat]. During the race I felt strong and in the end I gave my all, taking some risks. I wanted to pass him, but he closed the door and perhaps a better solution would have been to try to take advantage of the slipstream –which I tried too late.

There were some crashes, which meant that the temperature was very high and it was difficult to get a feeling with the front, but I had a good pace. It went perfectly and taking 20 points and a fifth consecutive podium allows me to enjoy the start to this season. In Barcelona I will concentrate on being even more relaxed, in order to fight for victory again.”

Aki Ajo,
“Once again it has been a good weekend and, although qualifying was not very good, I have to say that we have done a good job. I am very happy because Johann [Zarco] remained focused throughout the race and took another podium and some very important points for the overall standings. Good job!”