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The Jerez Moto2™ race was full of drama, especially at the infamous Turn 13. Riders and teams now look ahead to Le Mans in France.
France’s Johann Zarco has had a strong start to the season, claiming victory in Argentina and becoming the first French rider to win in both the lightweight and intermediates classes of Grand Prix racing. His victory was only the second ever Moto2™ win by a French rider, with Jules Cluzel claiming the other in Silverstone 2010. To date his best finish at Le Mans has been fifth in both the 125cc and Moto2™ classes.
Sixteen points separate Zarco from Jonas Folger in the Championship standings, the German putting in a masterful ride at Jerez to claim victory and avoid incidents. Folger has re-established himself as a title contender having bounced back from two difficult races to claim his second win of the season. He is often underestimated by many and could continue to surprise in France.
Once again, Turn 13 at Jerez was host to a dramatic last lap that saw Alex Rins unfortunately crash out of podium contention after an ambitious move. The Spaniard has adjusted to the bigger Moto2™ bikes with ease and his season has so far been error free, aside from Jerez. Rins has an incredible record at Le Mans, with three podium finishes in three starts in Moto3™, and will no doubt continue to fight for podiums.
Tito Rabat claimed his first podium of a difficult 2015 campaign at Jerez. Rabat has just a single podium finish at the French track. His Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS teammate Alex Marquez broke into the top ten at Jerez for the first time in Moto2™ and is hopeful of continuing to improve his results in his rookie season.
Of all the Moto2™ riders, Tom Luthi has had perhaps the most success in France. The Swiss rider has claimed two 125cc victories at Le Mans in 2005 and 2006 as well as a Moto2™ win in 2012. Luthi is currently 30 points behind Zarco in the championship and will be eager to make up ground.
Le Mans is also the home round for the Tech 3 team that currently run Marcel Schrotter and Ricky Cardus. Schrotter scored his first top-ten race finish of the year at Jerez while Ricky Cardus has yet to score a point. The Tech 3 team have undertaken the significant effort of developing their own frame for the Moto2™ class, attempting to challenge Kalex’s domination.
Louis Rossi, winner of the 2012 Moto3™ race, is battling to be fit after suffering a hand injury during the Jerez weekend. The local rider has a best finish of 14th in the Moto2™ class at Le Mans.
The Moto2™ on-track action kicks off at 10:55 local time on Friday in Le Mans.
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