Sixth win of the year for unstoppable Johann Zarco13/09/2015
Ajo Motorsport rider wins with authority at San Marino Grand Prix and continues to extend lead in overall standings.
Johann Zarco made good on his sixth pole position of the season by converting it into a sixth win of the campaign, taking victory at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. It also marked a new personal best of three consecutive wins for the first time in his Grand Prix career.
The Ajo Motorsport rider maintained the lead in the early laps, but soon he was overtaken by Rins and Aegerter, falling to third. However, the Frenchman been benefited when both of his rivals crashed out to regain the top spot on the sixth lap. From then on, Zarco dominated the race to cross the chequered flag nearly four seconds ahead of his nearest challenger, achieving a twelfth consecutive podium.
With this victory and with just five races remaining, Zarco leads the Moto2 World Championship with 274 points and is 93 ahead of closest rival Tito Rabat, with 181. The next race will be held in two weeks’ time at MotorLand Aragon -from September 25-27th.
Race – Results
1. Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) 42:38.099
2. Tito Rabat (Kalex) +3.850
3. Takaaki Nakagami (Kalex) +5.388
4. Simone Corsi (Kalex) +7.058
5. Julian Simon (Speed Up) +9.225
Moto2 World Championship Standing 2015
1. Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) 274 points
2. Tito Rabat (Kalex) 181 points
3. Alex Rins (Kalex) 164 points
4. Thomas Luthi (Kalex) 131 points
5. Sam Lowes (Speed Up) 128 points
“It was an odd race because the conditions changed so much from the rest of the weekend. This made us doubt which tyres to use. I finally chose the hard rubber, while Aegerter went out with the soft, so it was very easy for him to be strong at the front. The fact that Rins came into the fight with him helped me to concentrate on my riding, until both of them crashed. That allowed me to take the lead. I was able to relax and extending my lead, so I was in the perfect situation. However, I thought Tito [Rabat] could have reached me, because I was not feeling very fast. In the end he didn’t. I want to thank the team for the great job we are doing. Tomorrow we have to continue to seek improvements in the test and head to Aragon in the best possible shape.”
“I can’t find the words to express how I feel right now. Johann [Zarco] took another victory, the third in a row and his sixth of the season. And now he is 93 points ahead of his nearest rival with five Grands Prix remaining this season. I want to thank Johann and the entire team, who this weekend did a fantastic job once again, Laurent [Fellon] and all those around him. Thank you.”