Johann Zarco has first chance to win Moto2 title in Malaysia26/10/2016
A 22-point advantage over Thomas Luthi -and 25 over Alex Rins- allows Johann Zarco with the chance to clinch the Moto2 title this weekend at the Malaysian Grand Prix. The Frenchman arrives at Sepang highly motivated having won the race there last season.
The reigning Moto2 World Champion comes into the penultimate round of the season off the back of a tough Sunday in Australia, see where he took an important 4 points from the contest at Phillip Island. Whilst that circuit has never been a favourite of Zarco’s in Moto2, Sepang has seen him win last year in the class, and place on the 125cc podium in 2011. A win, or a rostrum finish ahead of rivals Luthi and Rins, would award him the title, amongst other permutations.
The races starts on Sunday at 1:20pm local time -6:20am CET. Should Zarco win the title again, he would be the first ever two-time Moto2 World Champion.
Circuit information – Sepang International Circuit
Length: 5.543m / 3.444 miles
Left corners: 5
Right corners: 10
Longest straight: 920m / 0.572 miles
Johann Zarco will be World Champion if …
He wins the race.
He finishes 2nd or 3rd and in front of both Luthi and Rins.
He finishes 4th and Luthi is 6th or worse and Rins is not on the podium.
He finishes in the positions 5th to 13th, then he needs to finish in front of Rins and at least three places ahead of Luthi to take the title.
5 JOHANN ZARCO
“We come into the final round of the Asian treble first in the standings, and with three riders battling for the title in the final two races. The Sepang International Circuit is a very nice track, where I normally go fairly well. We will have to work hard, since the surface has been relayed and we will have to see how the tyres behave. We have the first opportunity to take the title and this motivates me a lot. I am happy to be able to have this chance in Malaysia and will do my best to attack and win.”