Zarco takes fifth win of 2016 at Austrian GP

14/08/2016

Johann Zarco wins for second race in a row on return from Moto2 summer break.

Johann Zarco demonstrated his quality once again at the Red Bull Ring on Sunday, clinic winning the first race back after the summer break for the Moto2 class. The Ajo Motorsport rider became the first winner of a Moto2 Austrian GP, cialis taking victory from pole position, drug and further extended his lead in the overall standings to 34 points.

Despite a slow start, in which he dropped down to fifth at Turn 1, the Frenchman staged a spectacular comeback that took him into the lead with nine laps remaining. From there, he upped the pace and managed to carve out an advantage, making him unassailable to his rivals. He would take the chequered flag more than three seconds ahead of his nearest rival.

With this victory, Zarco keeps up a run of five consecutive podium finishes. Of these, four have been victories. He currently has 176 points to his name, 34 more than any other rider, and has a chance to extend that lead next week at Brno in the Czech Republic. Before that, Ajo Motorsport will be testing on Monday in Austria.

Aki Ajo – Team Manager “The truth is that I have run out of superlatives. We could not have had a better weekend or a better result. Johann had another excellent race and was perfect for the entire Austrian GP, dominating the free practice sessions and getting pole position. However, as we always say: When a race is over we have to already be thinking about the next one, which in this case is Brno.”

Results (Race)
1. Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) 37:34.180
2. Franco Morbidelli (Kalex) +3.058
3. Alex Rins (Kalex) +3.376
4. Thomas Luthi (Kalex) +3.467
5. Marcel Schrotter (Kalex) +4.740
Moto2 World Championship Standing 2016
1. Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) 176 points
2. Alex Rins (Kalex) 142 points
3. Sam Lowes (Kalex) 121 points
4. Thomas Luthi (Kalex) 106 points
5. Takaaki Nakagami (Kalex) 92 points

5 JOHANN ZARCO “I am very happy, because I felt very good all weekend. Getting pole position was confirmation that I felt strong and could do very well here. I managed to get the best performance from the bike with used tyres and had an even faster pace. I lost many positions at the first corner but I knew that as the laps went on I could fight and have a good pace. It was a question of keeping calm and doing things right, step by step. I felt better as the race went on and other riders suffered a little more. When I passed Morbidelli I knew I could break away, although here it is very difficult to make a difference. It was fantastic. Now we are already thinking about next week. Physically it is not easy to do two races in a row, and in the summer break we have worked to do be in good shape.”

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