Zarco has second chance at clinching title at Motegi07/10/2015
Ajo Motorsport rider has another opportunity to seal Moto2 World Championship, at the scene of his first Grand Prix victory.
This weekend sees the start of the flyaway stage of the Moto2 World Championship, with the Japanese GP also representing a second chance for Johann Zarco to seal the intermediate class title. 78 points clear of his only title rival, Tito Rabat, the Frenchman must end Sunday with a 75-point advantage to be mathematically crowned champion, with three races to spare. Motegi is a good omen for Zarco, as it was there that he won his first Grand Prix.
At the last race in Aragon, the Ajo Motorsport rider rode tactically and added an important 10 points to his tally. After 12 consecutive podiums he finally placed off the rostrum, but boosted his chances of clinching the title. At Motegi he won the 125cc race in 2011 and placed fourth last season, and this time around he is chasing his 30th career podium.
The fifteenth race of the season takes place on Sunday from 12:20pm local time, 5:20am CET.
Circuit information – Twin Ring Motegi
Length: 4.801 m / 2.983 miles
Width: 15 m
Left corners: 6
Right corners: 8
Longest straight: 762 m / 0.473 miles
“The flyaways are a part of the season that I like. It’s true that in my early years in the Workd Championship I found these races a little tough; it’s not easy being away from home for so many days, but now I see them as three races that for which I am very motivated.
Motegi is a nice track and I took my first Grand Prix win there in 2011. It’s a very special track, with hard braking, and I know that my team will prepare the bike so that I feel as comfortable as possible. The characteristics are completely different to MotorLand Aragon.
I go to Japan with winning the race as my main objective. We will see on Sunday what we do, according to how the race develops and if we have to think about points for the title. Until that moment transpires, we should go for the win and try to seal the title.”