Johann Zarco takes ninth consecutive podium09/08/2015
Ajo Motorsport rider claims second place in the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix and increases his lead in Moto2 standings to 71 points.
Johann Zarco achieved his first podium finish at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway after a tough weekend. Despite the track not being one of his favourites, the Frenchman fought for victory until the final lap and eventually crossed the finish line in second place. The podium is his ninth consecutive rostrum of the year and allows him to increase his overall standings lead by 6 points, to 71 over his nearest rival.
The race was declared wet but, after the formation lap, all of the Moto2 grid chosen to put on slicks. It proved to be a wise decision because the rain did not reappear over the 25-lap contest. Zarco made a good start, moving up from eighth on the grid to place fourth by the end of the first lap.
He was up into the podium positions from Lap 5, and did not relinquish the spots from then on. He led the race on several occasions, but was not able to escape. The Ajo Motorsport rider fought for the victory until the end, passing the checkered flag just 0.482s off the win and setting a personal best time on the last lap.
After the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix and with 8 races to go in the championship, Johann Zarco leads the overall standings with 199 points, 71 more than second-placed Spanish Alex Rins. The next challenge comes next weekend, at the Czech Republic GP.
Race – Results
1. Alex Rins (Kalex) 41:18.866
2. Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) +0.482
3. Franco Morbidelli (Kalex) +0.888
4. Dominique Aergerter (Kalex) +1.719
5. Tito Rabat (Kalex) +2.963
Moto2 World Championship Standing 2015
1. Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) 199 points
2. Alex Rins (Kalex) 128 points
3. Tito Rabat (Kalex) 125 points
4. Thomas Luthi (Kalex) 109 points
5. Sam Lowes (Speed Up) 107 points
“The hardest thing was the choice of tyres before the race. In the end we chose slicks and it was curious that everyone else also opted for them. At first I went carefully, but seeing it was dry I felt comfortable and I pushed to the fullest. I was afraid that Rins was going to escape, but in the end it didn’t happen. We also knew that Dominique is very strong and is difficult to overtake. I think in the end, the difference with Rins was on the straight. I tried to catch him but it was not possible. In any case, we have more points for the title fight and it was like a victory, as I started 8th and finished 2nd. See you in the Czech Republic!”
“We are very satisfied with the race that both Johann [Zarco] and the team had. We have increased the lead in the overall standings and we fought for the victory until the last moment. We have to be happy after a weekend that has not been easy and at a circuit that is not a favourite of Johann’s. He was able to come out focused in the race and give his best to get a second position which today is like a victory.”