World Champion heads to Australia14/10/2015
Johann Zarco faces the GP at Phillip Island as newly crowned World Champion, but does not want to lose concentration and wants to take another victory.
Johann Zarco wants to continue breaking records in the three remaining Grands Prix on the calendar in 2015. The Ajo Motorsport travels from Japan to Australia to compete this weekend at Phillip Island, in the sixteenth round of the year. Zarco arrives at the Australian track as the French rider with the most wins in the history of the World Championship –1 in 125cc and 7 in Moto2– with 13 podiums in 15 races and a total of 309 points this season, but the new champ is still hungry for more.
The Frenchman has said that in Phillip Island he has managed to be quick over a single lap, but lacks pace. The Ajo Motorsport rider has, however, placed on the podium –with a third position in 2011– taking pole the same year. Last season he qualified on the front row. Riding for the first time with his Kalex at the track, with his team behind him, gives Zarco confidence that he will be fast and competitive throughout the weekend.
This Grand Prix will be an opportunity to close in on the record for most points in a season in Moto2: 346, set by Tito Rabat last year. For now, Zarco is 37 away, with 3 rounds remaining. This weekend’s race will take place at 2:20pm local time on Sunday -5:20am CET.
Circuit information – Phillip Island
Length: 4.448m / 2.764 miles
Left corners: 7
Right corners: 5
Longest straight: 900m / 0.559 miles
“I am very happy to return to Phillip Island; it’s fantastic to ride at this circuit. It was amazing and unbelievable to win the title in Japan last weekend, but we must be focused. We have to try to win all three remaining races and prepare for next year. Everything we do well in these three races will certainly serve us well in the future.
The truth is that at Phillip Island, in the past, I’ve only been quick over one lap and have lacked pace overall, so we’ll work on that. I believe, however, that this year, with the Kalex, things will be different and we can be quick. I can’t wait to test myself there.”