More than a victory for Johann Zarco05/06/2016
Ajo Motorsport rider takes second consecutive win at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit in one of the saddest Grands Prix in living memory.
Johann Zarco concluded a tragic week for the world of motorcycle racing with a win at the Catalan GP, dedicating the victory to the late Luis Salom. The Moto2 World Champion fought throughout the race with Alex Rins, whom he overtook with 7 laps remaining to repeat his triumph from last year’s contest.
Despite a poor start that relegated Zarco to third position, the Frenchman had got up to second place by Lap 2. He escaped alongside Alex Rins as they broke free from the rest of the group, and the Ajo Motorsport rider waited for his time to strike. When the moment arrived, seven laps from the end, he passed the Spaniard and would not relinquish the lead. Able to impose the great pace that he had shown in practice, Zarco established a 4 second gap before the chequered flag.
After seven rounds of the 2016 season, Zarco has 106 points and lies third in the overall standings, 2 points behind the rider in second place and 10 off the Moto2 series leader.
1. Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) 42:31.347
2. Alex Rins (Kalex) +4.180
3. Takaaki Nakagami (Kalex) +9.313
4. Hafizh Syahrin (Kalex) +10.777
5. Thomas Luthi (Kalex) +10.961
Moto2 World Championship Standing 2016
1. Alex Rins (Kalex) 116 points
2. Sam Lowes (Kalex) 108 points
3. Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) 106 points
4. Thomas Luthi (Kalex) 93 points
5. Hafizh Syahrin (Kalex) 60 points
Aki Ajo – Team Manager
“It’s been a very difficult and strange weekend. All our thoughts and condolences are with Luis’ family. I thank Johann [Zarco] for how he concentrated and worked in such difficult conditions for everyone -especially for him. He did a great job.”
5 JOHANN ZARCO
“It has been a very hard weekend emotionally because of the loss of Luis. The pole position yesterday was important and I wanted to dedicate that to him, and this win is very nice because all the Moto2 riders were able to pay tribute to him on the podium. We all knew that this race was for Luis, to honour him. It was the best way to end the weekend.”