Valuable podium finish for Johann Zarco in Germany12/07/2015
Moto2 pacesetter takes positive second position and increases advantage in overall standings by 20 points.
Johann Zarco achieved an excellent result on Sunday at the Sachsenring. The Ajo Motorsport rider placed second in the German GP, and a crash for his nearest rival meant that his lead in the overall standings is now 65 points going into the summer break. The Frenchman fought hard until the last corner for the win, but had to settle for his eight consecutive podium -the 25th of his Grand Prix career.
Starting from pole, Zarco was third after the opening lap. He later took advantage of a duel in front of him to seize an opening and move into the lead on lap three.
With a consistent race pace, he maintained the lead for almost the entirety. When he did concede it with four laps to go, he kept up the fight and made a move on the final time around the circuit. Although the move was unsuccessful, the Frenchman was able to cross the line in second.
Thanks to this latest podium, Zarco has an advantage of 65 points in the Moto2 World Championship. The action will return after a summer break on the weekend of August 7th to 9th at the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Race – Results
1. Xavier Simeon (Kalex) 41:09.295
2. Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) +0.083
3. Alex Rins (Kalex) +1.646
4. Simone Corsi (Kalex) +6.386
5. Sam Lowes (Speed Up) +9.284
Moto2 World Championship Standing 2015
1. Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) 179 points
2. Tito Rabat (Kalex) 114 points
3. Sam Lowes (Speed Up) 107 points
4. Alex Rins (Kalex) 103 points
5. Thomas Luthi (Kalex) 99 points
“On the last lap I rode as close to Simeon as I could to try to force a mistake, but it wasn’t to be. I was leading with some comfort and I was surprised when, at the end, he passed me. Even though my move to pass him back failed, I’m happy. It is a shame that Tito [Rabat] crashed and I hope he is not hurt, but for me second place is a great result. I have picked up important points for the championship, I have a good advantage and I go into the break satisfied. I’m focused on winning at Indianapolis. Thanks to the team.”
“It’s been a really good day. Johann [Zarco] was very strong all weekend and of course you always want to fight for victory, but today Simeon was very tough. Johann had a very good race and was intelligent. On the last lap he had the opportunity to try to pass him, but he made the right decision not to brake too late, because it is a dangerous point of the track and what we saw with Morbidelli and Rabat can happen. I am very happy and I feel bad for Tito -I hope he will recover soon from his injury.”