Johann Zarco targets extending Moto2 lead in Germany


Reigning Moto2 World Champion arrives at German Grand Prix after taking three consecutive podium finishes.

Ajo Motorsport rider Johann Zarco contests the Grand Prix of Germany this weekend, having hit his best form of the season. The Frenchman is on a run of three consecutive podiums in the Moto2 class, including two victories, and has taken the lead of the overall standings. The reigning World Champion has been on the rostrum five times in eight races, and has overcome a 31 point deficit in three rounds to head the class coming into Sachsenring.

This weekend he takes on the ninth round of the season, at a track where he took second place from pole position last year. Zarco’s aims will be to extend his series lead, extend his current podium streak and go one step better in 2016 with a race win in Germany.

Johann Zarco will have the opportunity to test a new exhaust at the German GP. Ajo Motorsport and the team’s exhaust technical partner SC-Project have been working closely on the development of the new exhaust system for the 2015 World Champion. Using the 2016 exhaust as a base, the team and the Italian company have used different diameters, lengths and others changes to place the torque curve and power where the rider wants it. At present, the SC-Project 2016 Moto2 exhaust system has the front headers with technology developed in MotoGP to provide the best performances at the Frenchman Champion.

Sunday’s race will be held at 12:20 local time, and is the last before a three-week break at the halfway mark in the season.

Circuit information – Sachsenring
Length: 3.671 m / 2.281 miles
Width: 12 metres
Left corners: 10
Right corners: 3
Longest straight: 700 m / 0.435 miles
Constructed: 1996
Modified: 2003

“Sachsenring is a circuit where some riders are very strong and others find things very tough. Last season we were very good in qualifying and in the race I did quite well. I remember Simeon had a great end to the race to win. We will see what happens this year. I want to be very relaxed throughout the weekend, avoid working on too many technical aspects and just find the best riding style for the track. The rest we have had was the same length as between Catalonia and Assen, and the calendar gave me two weeks without racing in which I could work with the riding school I have. I have also continued my fitness preparation and trained with the bike I have at a circuit close to my home. It is very important to keep your training pace up and not lose a feel for riding during time off. I have tried to enjoy the break and get ready for the German Grand Prix.”