Merci Johann

Two-time Moto2 World Champion rounds off great season by winning his last race in the class in Valencia.

Johann Zarco ended his time in the Moto2 class with a victory in Valencia today, signing off in the best way possible. The Frenchman, proclaimed World Champion for the second time two weeks ago in Malaysia, placed first at the Valencia GP after an intense fight with Franco Morbidelli, crossing the finish line on his own for win number seven of the season.

Starting from pole position, the Ajo Motorsport rider carried out a perfect strategy planned alongside his team. Despite not being able to leave his rivals behind during the opening laps, Zarco remained at the front and demonstrated his ability to handle the situation. After an entertaining battle with Morbidelli at the halfway point in the race, he managed to impose his pace and break away for the win.

The Valencia GP marked the end of a dreamed two years for Johann Zarco and Ajo Motorsport, in which they have won two World Championships, taking 15 victories and a further 9 podiums.

Results – Race
1. Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) 43:17.626
2. Thomas Luthi (Kalex) +3.281
3. Franco Morbidelli (Kalex) +4.981
4. Sam Lowes (Kalex) +5.636
5. Alex Rins (Kalex) +5.850

Moto2 World Championship Standing 2016
1. Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) 276 points
2. Thomas Luthi (Kalex) 234 points
3. Alex Rins (Kalex) 214 points
4. Franco Morbidelli (Kalex) 213 points
5. Sam Lowes (Kalex) 175 points


Aki Ajo – Team Manager
“It has been a wonderful end to this two-year project for Ajo Motorsport and Johann Zarco in Moto2. Of course we did not expect something like this when we put the project together with this group, the sponsors and of course, Johann Zarco as a rider. Expectations were very high since we started planning this project, but no one had even dreamed of it being as successful as this, with two World Championships. These have been good moments for all those who have worked very hard for this, and they are all very talented people: Johann [Zarco] as our rider, Laurent [Fellon], his family and all those working on the team, the crew led by Massimo Branchini and the sponsors. Thank you all.”

“I don’t have much to say, I just want to enjoy the moment to the maximum. I am very happy because the race strategy worked out very well. Yesterday I was happy to be starting from pole, but when I analysed the session I saw that I was lacking a few tenths, and that it would be difficult to follow Franco [Morbidelli] and Thomas [Luthi]. Also, I was lucky to be first because they never put in a perfect lap. So I thought that today I should take the opportunity, not let them escape and fight from the beginning to feel better. Everything worked out great, exactly as we wanted; first we were able to take a big gap over second place when we were 15 laps in, and at the end we got the victory. It’s the perfect way to sign off, and I want to thank the team because once again they have shown that they can give me a bike that gives me confidence and allows me to attack.”

Zarco to sign off in Moto2 class from seventh pole position of the season

Ajo Motorsport rider sets fastest time in qualifying in Valencia, breaking the circuit fastest lap.
Johann Zarco took pole position for the Valencia GP in qualifying this Saturday, claiming his seventh top spot of the season. The Ajo Motorsport rider, who races in Moto2 for the final time tomorrow, broke the circuit fastest lap at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in the process, clocking a 1:34.879 top lap.

During the final Free Practice session of the weekend, the two-time World Champion worked with used tyres and set a good race pace. With 15 minutes remaining, the Frenchman lowered his best time from Friday, with a 1:35.626 that placed him fourth.

His good feeling from practice continued in qualifying, as he set the pole time on his third hot lap. His 1:34.879 time went unmatched by any of his rivals, as Zarco turned his focus to finding a good pace. He will start from pole at Valencia for the first time, but it is his seventh pole of the season –equalling his tally from 2015.

The Moto2 Valencian GP takes place tomorrow at 12:20pm local time. Seventh last season, Zarco will attempt to round off his tenure at Ajo Motorsport with a victory.
Results – Qualifying Practice
1. Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) 1:34.879
2. Thomas Luthi (Kalex) 1:34.885 +0.006
3. Franco Morbidelli (Kalex) 1:34.933 +0.054
4. Mattia Pasini (Kalex) 1:35.152 +0.273
5. Alex Rins (Kalex) 1:35.184 +0.305


“It’s fantastic to be on pole in my final qualifying session in Moto2, and it will be a good memory for me. Franco [Morbidelli] and Thomas [Luthi] are very strong so at this weekend and getting better with every session. I want to thank the team for improving the bike so much, because I was able to push to the maximum in qualifying. I set my fastest lap when following Morbidelli; although later it was difficult to improve –even at the end with the new tyre. Tomorrow we will have to be very focused until the chequered flag; I want to have a good warmup and be very consistent. We need to make a few adjustments but I am happy to be in good form after winning the title.”

A lap of Valencia with the two-time Moto2 World Champion

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Go onboard Johann Zarco’s bike at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit, ahead of the Frenchman’s final race in the intermediate class tomorrow.

Enjoy this spectacular footage of Johann Zarco at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia, where tomorrow he will contest the final race of the season. The first two-time Moto2 World Champion in history shows the lines he will take on Sunday at the 2016 finale. This will be one of the final chances to go onboard the Moto2 bike with the Frenchman, before he moves up to MotoGP next season. Zarco will attempt to end his two-year tenure at Ajo Motorsport with the best result possible on Sunday.

Zarco begins Valencia GP with sixth place in practice

Newly crowned Moto2 World Champion completes opening day of practice in sixth place, seek improving his times in the afternoon session.

Johann Zarco kicked off his final weekend in the Moto2 class at Valencia on Friday, for sale and undertook his first practice sessions since being crowned World Champion for the second time in Malaysia a fortnight ago. The Frenchman placed sixth on day one, try after improving his times by over 3 tenths in the afternoon.

The Moto2 field had their FP1 session interrupted 9 minutes in by a red flag, shown due to the track conditions. Zarco was always inside the Top 10 during the session, in which he tried out the two tyre compounds available to him, and set a 1:36.128 lap that placed him eighth.

In the second session, the Ajo Motorsport rider made steady improvements to his lap times and his feel with his Kalex. On his final run-out, Zarco reduced his best time by 4 tenths, setting a definitive 1:35.754 that put him third in the session –and sixth overall.

The final qualifying session of the 2016 season takes place tomorrow at 3:05pm local time. Zarco will chase his fifteenth pole position in the class –his seventh of the season. In each of the past two years, he has qualified on the front row in Valencia.

Results (Combined practice time FP1-FP2)
1. Franco Morbidelli (Kalex) 1:35.443
2. Thomas Luthi (Kalex) 1:35.513 +0.070
3. Takaaki Nakagami (Kalex) 1:35.568 +0.125
4. Simone Corsi (Speed Up) 1:35.636 +0.193
5. Jonas Folger (Kalex) 1:35.674 +0.231
6. Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) 1:35.754 +0.311



“I finished FP2 very well. Getting on the bike again after winning the title is a very good exercise for my concentration. It is not easy to push your hardest and ride on the limit, since your mind and body are asking you to relax, but you need to push again as if you had not just won the World Championship. I am happy to be able to do this exercise. At the moment the feeling is positive but I still need to continue pushing to improve and to be strong for the race.”

End of an era for Johann Zarco in Valencia

Recently crowned two-time Moto2 World Champion to undertake last race in Moto2 and with Ajo Motorsport.

The Valencian Grand Prix weekend will be an emotional one for Johann Zarco, who after winning his second consecutive World Championship in Malaysia, will ride for the last time in Moto2 and with Ajo Motorsport before making the move up to MotoGP. The Frenchman will try to bid farewell to the team with which he has achieved his two titles in the best possible way, and celebrate the end of an unforgettable time in his sporting career with a win.

After making history in Moto2 with a second consecutive World Championship, Zarco will try to continue improving his statistics in the class in his swansong. With 14 wins and a further 15 podiums, the Ajo Motorsport rider is the man with the second most victories in the history of Moto2. He will look for his 30th rostrum this weekend in Valencia, where he has already placed third on two occasions -in 2013 and 2014.

The final race of the 2016 season will be the 88th for Johann Zarco in Moto2, and his 36th with Ajo Motorsport. After two unforgettable years, 14 wins and 9 podiums, their time together comes to its conclusion in the 27-lap race at 12:20pm on Sunday.

Circuit information – Ricardo Tormo
Length: 4.005m / 2.489 miles
Width: 12m
Left corners: 9
Right corners: 5
Longest straight: 876 m / 0.544 miles
Constructed: 1999


“It was good to be able to go home for a few days to rest and celebrate the title with my friends and family. Sealing the title in Malaysia took a big weight off my shoulders. I cannot imagine how the pressure would have been had we been fighting for the title at this last round in Valencia. I have good memories of this circuit, where I have taken two podiums in the past . It is a circuit that we know very well, as we tested here in preseason, although the conditions will be different. It’s a nice track with a lot of left handers, so you have to be careful with the right handers. I want to enjoy this last race with the Ajo Motorsport and achieve a good result to round off my time with the team.”

Johann Zarco: Moto2’s first two-time World Champion

Ajo Motorsport rider claims second Moto2 title in succession, case following in the footsteps of riders like Lorenzo, cialis Pedrosa, Biaggi and Read in the intermediate class.




Johann Zarco has made history these past two years in the Moto2 World Championship, alongside team Ajo Motorsport. The dominant force in the class in 2015, this year the French had to fight at the 2016 Malaysian Grand Prix to overcome Thomas Luthi and Alex Rins and become the first double World Champion in a class created in 2010. With the final round in Valencia still to come, the best French rider in history rounds off a dream two years with a total of: 14 wins, a further 9 podiums and 13 pole positions.

The last rider to retain their intermediate category title was in 250cc. Jorge Lorenzo did so in 2006 and 2007, following on from fellow Spaniard Dani Pedrosa’s successes in 2004 and 2005. Other such riders on a privileged list include big names such as Max Biaggi, Mike Hailwood and Phil Read.

Next season, Johann Zarco will move up to MotoGP category.

“I would like to be a reference for future French riders”

The Ajo Motorsport rider discusses his 2016 season after retaining the Moto2 World Championship yesterday in Malaysia.

Johann Zarco will leave the Moto2 class after the Valencian Grand Prix, but will do so having written motorcycle racing history. With a second consecutive Moto2 World Championship achieved yesterday with victory at Sepang, the Ajo Motorsport rider becomes the first double Moto2 titlist and the first Frenchman to have two world titles on his resume.

How does it feel to be Moto2 World champion again?
“Yesterday was a very exciting day. I did not want to cry but it was impossible. To finish my time in the class and with Ajo Motorsport in this way is magnificent. It was the goal for the season; it has not been easy, but we did it!”

It was a very difficult weekend, wasn’t it?
“It was made more complicated by the weather conditions, but the truth is that I felt comfortable in both dry and wet conditions. Maybe I was not leading the timesheets in every session, but my pace was good in both conditions. I had to seize the opportunity.”

How did you feel on those decisive 19 laps at the Sepang International Circuit?
“The truth is that at first I think we were all a little scared. The track was very wet and we were slipping a lot. I made some mistakes and I was on the brink of crashing. Fortunately, starting from pole position was a great help, because in those conditions the risks at the first corner are even greater. However, as the laps went by and as the asphalt dried out, I felt better. The conditions were ideal for me and where I got the biggest advantage over my rivals. I was able to enjoy the last straight by lifting the front wheel and celebrating.”

Did you know all the combinations that made you mathematically World Champion? Did you not risk a lot, knowing that Luthi and Rins were far back?
“I knew that being on the podium ahead of Thomas [Luthi] and Alex [Rins] I would be champion. In the early stages of the race, I was riding behind Franco [Morbidelli] and did not have the best feeling, but could follow him; in fact I was worried that Folger would overtake me. A dry line began to emerge and from there I began to see that my time had come. The conditions were similar to in Saturday’s qualifying session. I knew I could take advantage and pushed. I did not want to stay among those two or at the end of the group, because a mistake by one of them could become a scare for me. I chose to find my pace and follow my line.”

What is the key to making so much of a difference in mixed track conditions and with wet tyres?
“I am a rider who takes a lot of care of my tyres, my style is quite fine and this helps me both at the end of races and in these specific conditions with wet tyres.”

Did you feel the pressure of having to win the title?
“Yes, it seems to be an obligation. In fact I expected that after competing last year with Tito [Rabat]. That was why I wanted to continue with the number 5 on the fairing; for me it was important to keep my feet on the ground. Anyway, I woke up every day thinking I had to win the title.”

Which title was most difficult to win?
“They always say that retaining the title is more difficult. Maybe it is, especially the mental burden, but we’ve worked very hard over the past two years. This year there was a larger group of riders who have fought for the top positions: Luthi, Rins, Lowes, Morbidelli, Nakagami etc. Also, I have not been so consistent and I have made mistakes. Last year I always had an important cushion in the overall standings, which helped me, but for me it was the result of many years of previous work.”

You say that this year you have not been so consistent. Why is this?
“This year I started in Qatar as the reigning champion and had to repeat. In addition, this season there was a group of very strong riders in the top positions of the races. Not only those who fought to the end for the title. There was a large group of riders who race after race made things more difficult. If one day you were not at one hundred percent, you could lose 7 or 8 positions easily. In some races, we have had to aim to salvage points. Always riding on the limit has been very hard physically and mentally.”

Which win is the most special you have accomplished so far?
“I never like to choose a particular race. Getting a win is always important; it is the result of a great work of the whole team. Each has something special about it and I could not say just one.”
You are the Frenchman with the most wins in history and now you the only one to have two World Championships.

What does it mean to you?
“It’s a source of pride. I hope that with this second title the fanbase in France increases and the passion for this sport continues to grow. Last year I noticed a change, but I hope that now there is another step forward.
We all want the passion for motorcycles to grow, for more people to watch the races on television. That’s why I have a riding school with Laurent [Fellon], where I spend a lot of time between races. I would like the idol of future French riders to be me. I hope this second World Championship helps.”

What role has the Ajo Motorsport and Aki Ajo in these two years of success?
“They have been very important. We could say that they are my “motorcycle family.” We have spent two very intense seasons together during race weekends, 24 hours a day. This is very important and I personally give a lot of value to it. Finding the time to disconnect with them, for example by playing with a football at the end of the day or spending hours in the truck or in the box, makes when you feel at home when you pull on the leathers.

Aki [Ajo] has managed to put together a group of people with an excellent atmosphere. Every little thing is controlled and each person plays their role perfectly. This order is what makes you win. This year we have achieved it in both Moto2 and Moto3! I wish them well in the future.”

How do you see yourself doing in MotoGP?
“I am very happy to have stayed one more year in Moto2 and to move up with two titles under my belt. I think the experience I have acquired this year, about my riding style and how to set up the new Kalex, will serve me well in MotoGP. I’ll move up with a very good bike and a team with which I think we can do a good job.”

“Me gustaría ser un referente para los futuros pilotos franceses”

El piloto Ajo Motorsport comenta su temporada 2016 después de revalidar ayer en Malasia el título Mundial de Moto2.

Johann Zarco dejará la categoría de Moto2 después del Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana, viagra buy pero lo hará habiendo dejado su sello en la historia del motociclismo. Con el segundo Mundial de Moto2 consecutivo logrado ayer gracias a su triunfo en Sepang, seek el piloto Ajo Motorsport se convierte en el primer Bicampeón del Mundo de Moto2 y en el primer francés en tener dos títulos mundiales en su palmarés. No ha sido un año fácil, ha habido mucha presión y mucho trabajo, pero Johann Zarco ha sabido gestionarlo para hacerse con el objetivo de la temporada.

Johann Zarco, bicampeón del Mundo de Moto2, felicidades. ¿Cómo te sientes?
“Ayer fue un día muy emocionante. No quería llorar, pero me fue imposible. Poder terminar mi etapa en la categoría de esta manera y hacerlo con el Ajo Motorsport es magnífico. Era el objetivo de la temporada, no ha sido nada fácil, ¡pero lo hemos conseguido!”

¿Cómo ha sido el fin de semana con tu primer match ball?
“Fue complicado por las condiciones climatológicas, pero la verdad es que yo me sentí cómodo tanto en seco como en mojado. A lo mejor no estaba liderando la tabla de tiempos en todas las sesiones, pero mi ritmo en ambas condiciones era bueno. Debía aprovechar la oportunidad”.

¿Cómo viviste estas 19 vueltas en el Circuito Internacional de Sepang decisivas para el desenlace del Mundial?
“Lo cierto es que al principio creo que todos teníamos un poco de miedo. El asfalto estaba muy mojado y resbalaba mucho. Cometí algún error y estuve al límite de sufrir una caída. Afortunadamente, salir desde la pole position fue una gran ayuda, ya que en estas condiciones, los riesgos en la primera curva son aún más grandes. Sin embargo, con el paso de las vueltas y a medida que se iba secando el asfalto, me fui encontrando mejor. Eran las condiciones ideales para mí y donde sacaba más ventaja a mis adversarios. Y lo conseguí, pudiendo disfrutar de la última recta levantando la rueda delantera y celebrándolo”.

¿Sabías todas las combinaciones que te hacían matemáticamente Campeón? ¿No arriesgaste demasiado sabiendo que Luthi y Rins estaban en posiciones retrasadas?
“Sabía que quedando en el podio por delante de Thomas [Luthi] o Álex [Rins] era Campeón. Al principio de la carrera, estaba rodando detrás de Franco [Morbidelli] y no tenía las mejores sensaciones, pero podía seguirlo. De hecho, estaba preocupado de que Folger me adelantara. Con el paso de las vueltas, se empezó a hacer carril y allí empecé a ver que llegaba mi momento. Las condiciones eran parecidas a las del sábado en la sesión cronometrada. Sabía que podía sacar ventaja y tiré. No quería mantenerme entre ellos dos o al final del grupo, porque un fallo de uno de ellos podía suponer un susto para mí. Preferí coger mi ritmo y seguir mi trazada; así lo hice”.

¿Dónde está la clave para marcar tanta diferencia sobre un asfalto en condiciones mixtas y con neumáticos de lluvia?
“Soy un piloto que cuido bastante los neumáticos, mi estilo es bastante fino y esto me ayuda tanto en los finales de carrera, como en estas condiciones mixtas con neumáticos de lluvia”.

¿Has sentido la presión de tener que revalidar el título?
“Sí, parece que sea una obligación. De hecho ya me lo esperaba después de competir el año pasado con Tito [Rabat]. Por eso quise continuar con el 5 en el carenado, para mí era importante para mantener los pies en el suelo. De todos modos, me he despertado cada día pensando que debía revalidar el título”.

La pregunta que todo el mundo te ha hecho. ¿Qué título ha sido más difícil?
“Siempre dicen que revalidar el título es más difícil. Puede que lo sea, sobre todo por la carga mental que supone, pero los dos años han sido muy trabajados. Este año ha habido un grupo más grande de pilotos que han luchado por la posiciones de cabeza: Luthi, Rins, Lowes, Morbidelli, Nakagami… Además, yo no he sido tan constante y he cometido errores. Es cierto que el año pasado siempre tuve un importante colchón de puntos al frente de la clasificación general, que me ayudó, pero para mí fue el resultado a muchos años de trabajo previo”.

Dices que este año no has sido tan constante. ¿Por qué?
“Este año partía en Catar como el vigente Campeón y tenía que repetirlo. Además, esta temporada había un grupo de pilotos muy fuerte en primeras posiciones de las carreras. No sólo los que hemos luchado al final por el título. Había un grupo importante de pilotos que domingo tras domingo te lo ponían más difícil. Si un día no estabas al cien por cien, podías perder 7 u 8 posiciones fácilmente. En algunas carreras, hemos tenido que ir a salvar puntos. Estar siempre rodando en el límite ha sido muy duro física y mentalmente”.

¿Con qué victoria te quedas de las seis que has logrado hasta el momento?
“Nunca me gusta escoger una concreta. Conseguir un triunfo siempre es muy importante, es el resultado a un gran trabajo de todo el equipo. Cada una tiene algo especial, no podría decir sólo una”.

Ya te convertiste en el francés con más victorias de la historia y ahora vuelves a romper las estadísticas siendo el único en tener dos cetros mundiales. ¿Qué significa para ti?
“Es un orgullo. Espero que con este segundo título la afición en Francia crezca y la pasión por este deporte siga creciendo. El año pasado ya noté un cambio, pero espero que ahora hagamos otro paso adelante. Fue bonito poder intercambiar sensaciones con Christian Sarron después de la rueda de prensa de ayer. Todos queremos que la afición por las motos crezca, que la gente mire más carreras en la televisión. Es por eso que con Laurent [Fellon] tenemos la escuela de pilotos, donde paso mucho tiempo entre carreras. Me gustaría que el ídolo de los futuros pilotos franceses fuera yo. Espero que este segundo Mundial ayude”.

¿Qué papel ha tenido el Ajo Motorsport y Aki Ajo en estos dos años de éxitos?
“Ellos han sido muy importantes. Podríamos decir que son mi “familia de las motos”. Han sido dos temporadas muy intensas donde hemos pasado mucho tiempo juntos; durante los fines de semana de carrera, las 24 horas del día. Esto es muy importante y yo personalmente le doy mucho valor. Encontrar el momento para desconectar con ellos, por ejemplo dando unos toques de futbol al final del día o pasando las horas en el camión o en el box, hace que después, cuando entres con el mono de trabajo, te sientas como en casa.

Aki [Ajo] ha conseguido formar a su alrededor un grupo de gente con un ambiente excelente. Están controlados todos los pequeños aspectos y cada uno ejerce a la perfección su rol. Este orden es el que te hace ganar. ¡Y este año lo hemos conseguido tanto en Moto2 como en Moto3! Les deseo lo mejor en el futuro”.

Después del Gran Premio de Malasia darás el salto a MotoGP. ¿Cómo te ves?
“Estoy muy contento de haberme quedado un año más en Moto2 y poder subir con dos títulos bajo el brazo. Creo que la experiencia que he adquirido también este año, respecto mi pilotaje y cómo poner a punto la nueva Kalex, me servirá de mucho en MotoGP. Daré el salto con una moto muy buena y en un equipo con el que creo que podemos hacer un buen trabajo”.

From Qatar to Malaysia: Johann Zarco’s fight for the title

The Ajo Motorsport rider has been part of an intense fight with Alex Rins and Thomas Luthi, prostate taking the Moto2 series lead at Assen and being crowned World Champion in Malaysia.



Johann Zarco yesterday took his second Moto2 title in as many seasons, buy cialis confirming the supremacy of the phenomenal Frenchman in recent years. This finale to his time in the intermediate category, before he makes the move up to MotoGP, comes after intense fight for the title with two top rivals: Alex Rins and Thomas Luthi. The battle between them lasted until the penultimate round of the season in Malaysia.

After a difficult start, in which Zarco was fourth and 31 points off the leader after the race at Le Mans, he put together a streak of four wins and a further podium. This took him into the lead of the overall standings at Assen, and he would not relinquish the spot from then on. Although his advantage had been as high as 34 points in Austria, Rins clawed his way back to a single point at Aragon and Luthi came into contention during the flyaway rounds. A late-season push from Zarco allowed him to win the title at Sepang, and become the first two-time champion in the history of Moto2.

Monsieur Moto2’s road to the title

We review the 17 races that have allowed the Ajo Motorsport rider to be crowned Moto2 World Champion for the second consecutive year.
6 wins and a further 3 podium in 17 races have earned Johann Zarco a second Moto2 World Championship title. The Frenchman has continued to make history with the Ajo Motorsport team in the class. From his first win at Argentina and run of four wins in five races, tadalafil to clinching the title in Malaysia with a win, healing there are some of the most memorable moments of the season for Zarco.

The reigning World Champion began his title defence at the Losail Circuit in Qatar. Zarco, recipe who started from the front row, lost all chance of a podium finish after being penalised for jumping the start and incurring a ride through penalty. Nevertheless, the Ajo Motorsport rider was able to finish in twelfth place and take his first 4 points of the season.

The Ajo Motorsport rider, who started from second position on the grid, adapted best to the harsh weather conditions that accompanied the race in Argentina. From the start of the race, Zarco was part of the front group alongside 3 other riders, who accompanied him until the last three laps. At that moment, the Frenchman was able to leave his pursuers behind and cross the finish line in first position. A second consecutive podium for the Ajo Motorsport rider followed at Austin. Johann Zarco, who took off from second position at the Circuit of the Americas, joined four other riders in the group fighting for third place. With five laps remaining, the French rider outpaced his rivals to complete the podium and take valuable points, putting him just 2 behind the series leader.

After a difficult weekend at the fourth race of the season, in which Zarco started from fifteenth on the grid, the Frenchman managed to climb ten places to finish a creditable fifth at Jerez.

The World Championship moved on to Le Mans, the home race for Johann Zarco. The Ajo Motorsport rider unfortunately suffered a crash on Lap 17, however, and finished in a lowly twenty-fourth position, taking his first 0 of the season.

Mugello hosted a second win of the season for Zarco. After starting from the second row of the grid in a chaotic race which featured a red flag, he was able to take the win after fighting with other riders for first place. With this victory, the Frenchman placed fourth overall with 81 points.

On a weekend marked by the tragic loss of Moto2 rider Luis Salom. Johann Zarco was determined to dedicate a pole position and second consecutive victory to his late friend. Despite having a difficult start and being relegated to third position, the Frenchman was able to recover and moved into second after just two laps. From this moment, the Ajo Motorsport rider bided his time and with seven laps remaining was the race leader, a position he never relinquished.

8. DUTCH TT (2nd)
Assen saw a third consecutive podium for the Ajo Motorsport rider. He started from second on the grid, lost many positions at the start and was down in eighth on Lap 2. Despite this, Zarco was able to recover seven positions and finish in a fantastic second position, a result that gave him the lead in the standings for the first time this season.

A fourth consecutive podium went Johann Zarco’s way with victory at the German Grand Prix. This, coupled with a crash for rivals chasing him in the overall standings, made him outright leader with a 25-point advantage over Alex Rins. The race started under adverse conditions, which caused a loss of positions for the Ajo Motorsport rider. Despite dropping to sixth place, he fought back to take a fourth win of the year.

After the three-week summer break, Johann Zarco picked back up from where he left off, taking another victory at a new circuit on the calendar: The Red Bull Ring. Fifth on the first few laps after starting from pole position, Zarco moved up the field to lead the race when there were 9 laps remaining, holding the position until the chequered flag. After this victory, the Ajo Motorsport rider increased the gap over the rider in second place in the fight for the World Championship to 34 points.

The weekend at Brno was a tough one for Johann Zarco. After practice sessions in which the Ajo Motorsport rider showed he had the pace to win, everything changed on race day. Rain significantly hindered the French rider who, despite getting a third pole position of the season, lost sixteen places on the opening five laps. He would take five valuable points for the championship that weekend, allowing him to stay Moto2 leader with a 19 point lead.

Another tough Sunday followed at Silverstone. With three laps remaining and in the leading group, a crash with another rider ended Zarco’s hopes of a podium. Race Direction hit him with a 30-second penalty that relegated him to twenty-second position, despite crossing the finish line in sixth place.

The following weekend, the Frenchman came fourth at Misano. He had started from seventh place, took 13 valuable points and remained on top of the Moto2 World Championship classification. After riding in a group of six riders, he crossed the finish line in a creditable fourth place.

Johann Zarco, who took off from fifth position, was relegated to tenth after a tricky start output. The Frenchman rode alongside a group of four riders for much of the race until, with 10 laps remaining, he managed to recover two positions and finished in eighth. The Ajo Motorsport rider went into the flyaway rounds as overall leader by 1 point.

The run of three consecutive races began with an important podium for Johann Zarco –his eighth of the season. The French rider, who on the early laps rode patiently, knowing there was a lot at stake, decided to push for the podium with 11 laps remaining. He claimed a brilliant second position and a valuable 20 points, giving him a cushion of 21 over second placed Alex Rins.

At a Phillip Island circuit that had been difficult for him in the past, Zarco rode a cautious race. After a fall for Alex Rins, he preferred not to take risks and crossed the finish line in twelfth position, extending his lead to 22 points over new second-placed rider, Thomas Luthi.

Johann Zarco had his first chance to clinch the title at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia, and did not want it to go to waste. A win crowned him Moto2 World Champion for the second consecutive year, becoming the first man to defend the title and doing so with one race to spare.