Fifth pole position for Zarco15/08/2015
Ajo Motorsport rider sets new record for Automotodrom Brno to start from pole position.
Johann Zarco took a comprehensive pole position in the qualifying session for the Czech GP. The Ajo Motorsport rider today claimed his fourth pole from the last five GPs, and his fifth of the season. His 2:01.614 time was a new record at the Automotodrom Brno and gives him the opportunity to start from the front of the grid tomorrow.
With one eye on tomorrow’s race, Zarco went out strong in the last free practice session of the weekend. Despite not fitting new tyres, the Frenchman remained amongst the fastest throughout the session. Looking for the ideal pace for tomorrow, the Ajo Motorsport rider saved the soft tyres for the afternoon, finally completing the final practice session in eighth -2:02.821.
The Ajo Motorsport rider used the new tyres on his first run in qualifying. A set of four flying laps from Zarco featured two at record pace. The second, in 2:01.614, went unrivaled for the rest of the session, giving him pole position with a time put in during the opening 10 minutes. His nearest rival was 0.259s slower.
The Moto2 race begins at 12:20pm tomorrow, and Zarco will be after his tenth consecutive podium. He has won the race on three of the four occasions in which he has started from pole position.
Results (Qualifying practice)
1. Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) 2:01.614
2. Tito Rabat (Kalex) 2:01.873 +0.259
3. Alex Rins (Kalex) 2:01.901 +0.287
4. Sandro Cortese (Kalex) 2:01.990 +0.376
5. Thomas Luthi (Kalex) 2:02.078 +0.464
“Taking a fifth pole position of the season means we are doing a good job with the team, so I want to thank everyone for their efforts. Tomorrow it will be harder to maintain a good pace throughout the race, but Brno is a track I like, I feel good riding here and I’m very happy to have taken pole. I want the victory, which would be important in the fight for the championship, but I have to be careful with Alex Rins -who even though he is debutante is second in the World Championship- and Tito Rabat, who is also on the front row.”