Johann Zarco wins British Grand Prix


Moto2 World Championship leader takes victory at difficult Silverstone to increase series lead.

Zarco, wins, British Moto2 race 2015

Zarco, wins, British Moto2 race 2015

Johann Zarco took his second consecutive victory in Moto2 on Sunday, extending his podium record to eleven in a row. The Ajo Motorsport rider had to overcome a wet surface which dried out lap-by-lap and, after dropping to fifth place on the opening laps, the Frenchman recovered to take the lead and cross the finish line more than three seconds clear. With 6 races to go, Zarco has an 85-point advantage in the Moto2 World Championship.

Third on the grid for the British Grand Prix and waiting on the weather, Zarco began the race determined to stick with the leading group. A good start soon placed him in the fight for the lead, but contact with Tito Rabat made him drop to fifth place.

Quickly returning to the front, on a wet track that was drying lap-by-lap, the Ajo Motorsport rider regained the lead with 12 laps remaining and set an unmatchable pace. Putting together a run of several fastest race laps, the Frenchman established an advantage of more than seven seconds, which he used to ride more comfortably to the finish line. He was eventually 3.360s ahead of is nearest rival.

Thanks to this victory at Silverstone, his second in a row and fifth overall, Johann Zarco heads to the San Marino GP with 249 points in the Moto2 World Championship standings -85 points more than his nearest rival.

Race – Results
1. Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) 42:53.674
2. Alex Rins (Kalex) +3.360
3. Tito Rabat (Kalex) +5.527
4. Alex Marquez (Kalex) +6.489
5. Jonas Folger (Kalex) +8.228

Moto2 World Championship Standing 2015
1. Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) 249 points
2. Alex Rins (Kalex) 164 points
3. Tito Rabat (Kalex) 161 points
4. Sam Lowes (Speed Up) 128 points
5. Thomas Luthi (Kalex) 125 points

Johann Zarco,
“It has been a very positive weekend, with the learning we have done. I had a crash on Friday and luckily I was not injured, but it taught me that you always have to be careful when you are fighting for the title, because the season is not over yet. The qualifying session went pretty well yesterday, because even though I was not first, I was very fast. In the race we had very different conditions because of the rain, but I felt good. The goal was to finish the race, but when the track was drying out I felt more comfortable than the other riders. I saw that Rins was sliding a lot, so after eight laps I took the lead, tried to escape and it worked perfectly.

Another 25 points is fantastic. I have to thank the team, because the tyres held up well and my feeling was perfect. Let’s see if we can continue like this at Misano”.

Aki Ajo,
“I was a little worried, because today there were very specific conditions and that always involves more risk than in normal conditions. But in a way I was also calm, because I know that Johann [Zarco] is very well prepared for this kind of thing. He has trained a lot, both under normal conditions and under those which we encountered today, so I knew that he would almost have fun out there.  He is very confident in wet conditions and is very strong with mixed track conditions like today. Once again I want to thank the team for the incredible job they have done, as well as Laurent Fellon and the people around Johann, because we are a very good group.”