Podium for Zarco at Austin10/04/2016
Ajo Motorsport rider claims second consecutive podium with third at Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas.
For the second consecutive week, Johann Zarco placed on the podium in a Moto2 World Championship race. This time he did so at the Circuit of The Americas, in Austin, USA, where he finished third –fighting for the position throughout the contest and making his definitive move with five laps remaining. Zarco had also placed on the rostrum in the 2015 edition of the Grand Prix.
The Ajo Motorsport rider made a good start to the race, holding onto his second place on the starting grid during the opening lap. Zarco was part of a group of five riders battling for third, first waiting patiently in second and then making his typical attacks with five laps to go –leaving his rivals with no chance of wrestling the position away from him.
After three races, the reigning World Champion in the Moto2 class lies third in the standings with 45 points. The top four riders are separated by just 4 points. The series now travels to Europe for the Red Bull Grand Prix of Spain in a fortnight’s time.
1. Alex Rins (Kalex) 41:22.174
2. Sam Lowes (Kalex) +2.091
3. Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) +7.737
4. Dominique Aegerter (Kalex) +8. 646
5. Jonas Folger (Kalex) +8.791
Moto2 World Championship Standing 2016
1. Sam Lowes (Kalex) 47 points
2. Alex Rins (Kalex) 46 points
3. Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) 45 points
4. Thomas Luthi (Kalex) 43 points
5. Dominique Aegerter (Kalex) 35 points
Aki Ajo – Team Manager
“Once again I have to say I am very happy with this latest podium for Johann [Zarco]. The most important thing for the championship is always going for the best possible result, but it is not always possible to be amongst the top three. Getting two consecutive podiums is very nice and the situation in the overall standings is good. It is true that everything is very tight at the top, but it is only the beginning of the season. We are already focused on having more strong races like this one soon.”
5 JOHANN ZARCO
“It was a great fight with the riders battling for third position, but I felt that I could be fast at the end. I would have liked to have followed Rins or Lowes, but it was too difficult. If I were to have been able to push as hard at the end as at the beginning, I would have been up there with the front riders. However, this is quite a tricky circuit for me and getting a podium is fantastic. I can be very happy to have fought like this and it was amazing. When I saw I was fourth, I thought I could risk things a little more, so I pushed and was able to get this third position. I think we’ve done a good job here and certainly we have learned from these two weeks in Argentina and Texas. Now it’s time to rest and in two weeks we have to be ready for Jerez, because there will be many riders fighting for the top positions.”