First chance at Moto2 title for Zarco24/09/2015
Ajo Motorsport rider has first opportunity to clinch Moto2 crown this weekend at Aragon Grand Prix.
93 points clear at the top of the overall standings in Moto2, Johann Zarco has a chance to fight for the world title this weekend at the Aragon Grand Prix. With five races of the season remaining, the Ajo Motorsport rider only has to place 7 points ahead of nearest rival Tito Rabat and fewer than 10 points behind Alex Rins to clinch the title. Despite these circumstances, the Frenchman is targeting a continuation of his run of 12 consecutive podiums -the last three of which have been victories.
Johann Zarco has a personal record of 274 points to is name, and holds the biggest advantage of all the category leaders in the World Championship. Although he has not done any testing with the Kalex at MotorLand Aragon, the circuit is one at which he has placed on the podium several times. A front row and a third place the last year, and a second place in 2011, are his two best results from five visits to the Spanish track.
Work at the MotorLand Aragon Circuit, the scene of the third Spanish race of the year, will begin on Friday. The race takes place on Sunday at 12.20pm, and will be the 100th Moto2 Grand Prix.
How Johann Zarco can win the Moto2 title this weekend:
1st Zarco – Rabat finishes 3rd or lower
2nd Zarco – Rabat finishes 4th or lower
3rd Zarco – Rabat finishes 7th or lower
4th Zarco – Rabat finishes 10th or lower and Rins no higher than 2nd
5th Zarco – Rabat finishes 12th or lower and Rins no higher than 2nd
6th Zarco – Rabat finishes 13th or lower and Rins no higher than 2nd
7th Zarco – Rabat finishes 14th or lower and Rins no higher than 3rd
8th Zarco – Rabat finishes 15th or lower and Rins no higher than 3rd
9th Zarco – Rabat does not complete the race and Rins finishes no higher than 3rd
Circuit information – MotorLand Aragon
Length: 5.078m / 3.155 miles
Left corners: 10
Right corners: 7
Longest straight: 968m / 0.601 miles
“I go to Aragon without thinking about the possibility of the title, because although this is the goal for the year, I have a big advantage and it is important to win it, not where I do it. If I see that I have a chance and I’m strong, I’ll go for the win. I will try to be calm if I’m not the strongest, but I am convinced that the team will prepare the best bike possible for me.
It’s a track where I managed to get on the podium last year, and I’ve had other good races there, so I have good memories of Aragon. It is a circuit I like; fairly new, fast, with very interesting corners and where it can be quite windy. I will try to be calm, fight for the victory if possible and, if not, pick up points for the championship.”