Scare for Zarco at Silverstone

28/08/2015

Ajo Motorsport rider leads first practice session but suffers heavy crash in afternoon run, viagra sale ending his day early.

Zarco, Moto2, British MotoGP 2015

Zarco, Moto2, British MotoGP 2015

Moto2 World Championship leader Johann Zarco had a day of extremes on Friday at Silverstone. The Frenchman began the British GP weekend by dominating  the first free practice session, but in the afternoon, on his fifth lap, suffered a heavy fall that prevented him from finishing the session. After checks at the Clinica Mobile and Medical Centre, serious injury was ruled out and he has been declared fit for the rest of the weekend. In the combined timesheet for the day, Zarco was ninth.

Johann Zarco debuted a special helmet for this GP in style, topping the first free practice session. He came out strong, leading the way after his opening lap and lowering his time on four consecutive occasions in the first 20 minutes. After his only stop in the pits -without changing tyres- the Ajo Motorsport rider continued his progression, setting the best lap of the entire Moto2 grid just after the chequered flag was shown -2:08.461.

His afternoon concluded prematurely when, in the 14th minute of FP2, he fell at Turn 6. It was his fifth lap, and he was up into second at the time. When the rear of his Kalex stepped out, the series leader was thrown to the ground and suffered a heavy blow to his back. After checkups firstly at the Clinica Mobile and then the Medical Centre, he was given the all-clear to continue riding tomorrow. On the timesheets for the session, Zarco was fifteenth -2:08.899.

Tomorrow the Frenchman will have the opportunity to take his second pole position at Silverstone -after doing so last year- and also continue his pole run from the last round at Brno. Qualifying takes place from 3:05pm.

Results (Combined practice time FP1-FP2)
1. Sam Lowes (Speed Up) 2:08.044
2. Alex Rins (Kalex) 2:08.093 +0.089
3. Takaaki Nakagami (Kalex) 2:08.205 +0.201
4. Tito Rabat (Kalex) 2:08.232 +0.228
5. Alex Marquez (Kalex) 2:08.247 +0.243
9. Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) 2:08.461 +0.457

Johann Zarco,
“I had a crash at the start of the second practice session, but I am fine and the bike is too. I hope that tomorrow I will not be hurting too much. Nevertheless, this was not a bad day; I was first in the morning and in the afternoon I was also pretty fast. I like the track and the bike had a good balance after the race in the Czech Republic, and that allows me to keep calm and go out and enjoy myself tomorrow. The weather can change, but if it stays dry we will continue with our work to choose the right tyres and prepare for the race in the best way possible.”

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