Johann Zarco looks to repeat success in Catalonia


After victory at Mugello, Ajo Motorsport rider returns to Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit, where he won last year’s Moto2 race.

The Moto2 class is the tightest in the 2016 World Championship so far, as evidenced by the fact that there have been 4 different winners from the opening 6 races. Holding two victories is the reigning World Champion, Johann Zarco, who took the most recent of these two weeks ago at Mugello. Coming into this weekend’s Catalan GP, the Frenchman lies fourth in the overall standings, and has previous experience of glory at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit from last year.

The win in Italy was Zarco’s tenth in the intermediate category of Grand Prix racing, and allowed him to reduce the gap to the series leader to 17 points. This weekend’s venue has been favourable for the Ajo Motorsport rider, who has two consecutive podiums in Barcelona. Last season he won from pole position, in front of the large number of fans who travel to see him from the south of France.

Free Practice and Qualifying for the Catalan GP take place from Friday to Saturday, with the Moto2 race at 12:20pm local time on Sunday.

Circuit information – Barcelona-Catalunya
Length: 4.727 m / 2.937 miles
Width: 12 metres
Left corners: 5
Right corners: 8
Longest straight: 1.047 m / 0.651 miles
Constructed: 1991
Modified: 1995

“Last year I won at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit, but this is a different season. I have to try to forget about last year and find the best feeling possible again from the start, working with the bike and the team to improve every time I go out on track. This is a track that I like -especially the fast part- and where a lot of friends from the south of France usually come down to see me because it is actually closer than Le Mans. It’s like my second home GP.”