A season to remember

09/10/2015

Ajo Motorsport rider has had a dream season in 2015, cialis matched by few in World Championship history.

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12 podiums —6 victories— from 14 Grands Prix and Moto2 World Champion with 4 races remaining, thanks to a 78-point advantage over his nearest rival. The figures make for an impressive résumé for Johann Zarco, who has been one of the standouts in all of racing along with his Ajo Motorsport team in 2015.  His season began with a mechanical failure denying him a first victory in the class. 14 rounds later, Johann Zarco is Moto2 World Champion.

1 –Grand Prix of Qatar
Position: 8
Johann Zarco had a frustrating start to the season in Qatar. After starting from second position and leading for almost the entirety of the race, the Frenchman had a gear shift problem just three laps from the end. Completing the race with only third gear, he placed eighth.

2 – Grand Prix of the Americas
Position: 2
The GP of the Americas was an exciting race that was not decided until the final laps. Johann Zarco led the way for a long period of the contest, but was overtaken by Sam Lowes 5 laps from the end in an intense and exciting battle. The Ajo Motorsport rider would eventually place second and take his first podium of the season.

3 – Argentinian Grand Prix
Position: 1
At the Grand Prix in Argentina, Johann Zarco showed his desire to win right from the opening practice sessions. The Frenchman had a perfect weekend, setting the best times in practice and carrying the form over to race day.  Starting from pole, he took his first win in the Moto2 class after a tussle with Rins and Lowes. The victory took him to the top of the standings for the first time –a position he would hold for the remainder of the season.

4 – Spanish Grand Prix
Position: 2
The Spanish GP weekend was not an easy one for Zarco. The Ajo Motorsport rider, who started from ninth on the grid, took an impressive second place in the end –moving up two places due to an incident between Rins and Rabat on the final corner. It marked a third consecutive podium for him, and increased his advantage in the overall standings.

5 –French Grand Prix
Position: 3
Le Mans hosted the fifth round of the season –a home race for Zarco. He started from third and took the lead on the opening laps. First overtaken by Luthi, then by Rabat in the final third of the race, Zarco rounded off the podium in third –his fourth consecutive rostrum finish.

6 – Italian Grand Prix
Position: 2
The strong performance of reigning World Champion Tito Rabat stopped Zarco from winning on Italian soil. He placed sixth in qualifying but challenged Rabat for the win on the final laps of the race, but it was not to be. He did, however, keep up his podium streak, and further increased his advantage in the overall standings.

7 – Catalan Grand Prix
Position: 1
Johann Zarco showed his cards early at the Circuit Barcelona-Catalunya, dominating practice. Taking off from pole on race day, he took the win after overtaking Alex Rins and Tito Rabat on the final lap. It was a perfect weekend for the series leader.

8 – Dutch TT Assen
Position: 1
Johann Zarco claimed a second consecutive victory of the season at Assen, despite a poor start from pole position. Chasing down Tito Rabat, the Ajo Motorsport rider had an entertaining duel with his rival on the final laps. It marked win number three of the season and gave his title chances a further boost.

9 – German Grand Prix
Position: 2
A fourth pole position of the season went to Zarco at Sachsenring. A great start opened up a gap for the Ajo Motorsport man in the early stages, although he would be passed by Xavier Simeon two laps from the end. The Belgian held off his attacks to become a first-time GP winner, but Zarco still enjoyed a positive weekend: A crash for Rabat in the closing stages meant the lead in the overall standings stood at 65 points going into the summer break.

10 –Indianapolis Grand Prix
Position: 2
Johann Zarco returned from the summer break to a track that he had admitted was not one of his strongest. He qualified eighth and, after a strong showing, was able to finish second. The Frenchman fought until the end for the win, which eventually went to Alex Rins. The Ajo Motorsport rider claimed his first podium at Indianapolis, but if felt like a victory. The race had been declared wet, although the majority of riders decided to start with slicks.

11 –Czech Grand Prix
Position: 1
Johann Zarco gave his rivals no chance at Brno, en route to a comfortable win from pole position. Although his start was not good, he kept up with Rabat and Luthi in third place before making his move with 19 laps to go. Pushing hard to establish an advantage, he claimed win number four of the campaign and celebrated with another backflip in the Czech Republic.

12 –British Grand Prix
Position: 1
Victory number five came at Silverstone on a damp track, drying out as the laps went by and making things tough for the riders on wet tyres. The Ajo Motorsport man was the rider to best adapt to the situation. He kept up an intense battle for the top spots, but it was not until two-thirds of the way in that he decided to make his attack. Once in the lead, he increased his advantage to claim another victory.

13 –San Marino Grand Prix
Position: 1
Zarco took a third win in a row in San Marino, starting from pole position. Wowing the crowd with an early battle against Dominique Aegerter, the way was cleared for him when his adversary crashed out in an incident with Alex Rins. Zarco used the situation to finish 3.8 seconds ahead of Tito Rabat, becoming the French rider with the most wins in a single season.

14 – Aragon Grand Prix
Position: 6
Zarco came into the Aragon GP with a first chance to clinch the Moto2 title. He needed to take his advantage over Tito Rabat to 100 points, but it was not an easy weekend for the Ajo Motorsport rider. He started from the front row, but saw that a win was not possible and decided to focus on the overall standings. Sixth place and 10 points took him one step closer to his dream.

15 – Japanese Grand Prix
Johann Zarco started the flyaway rounds with the desire to take the title at Twin Ring Motegi –the scene of his first Grand Prix win in 2011 (in 125cc). He did so in somewhat premature fashion, as his only title rival –Tito Rabat– was forced to pull out after an injury. That meant that Zarco was crowned Moto2 World Champion with four races remaining.

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