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Zarco Q&A: “It’s a unique feeling”

Zarco Q&A: “It’s a unique feeling”

Moto2™ World Championship leader Johann Zarco discusses the pros and cons of riding in front of his home fans at Le Mans.

73 points from four Grands Prix allow Johann Zarco to come into his home round this weekend with a 16-point advantage at the head of the Moto2 standings. The Ajo Motorsport rider is ready for what lies ahead at Le Mans this weekend.

How do you feel coming into your home race?
"I am calm and prepared coming into my home Grand Prix. I am happy that it is this round, as each year it is one I look forward to competing in. I am calm because I have trained very well and am in the best shape possible heading to Le Mans."

Were you expecting to go there as Moto2 leader?
"I wanted to win my first Moto2 races and at the moment we have one win and two second places. That was my aim after preseason, so I can say that I wanted to be in this situation, I am happy about it and I hope to enjoy the weekend."

Do you feel any pressure coming into this race defending the World Championship lead?
"I feel some pressure, because I am in good form and need to take advantage of it. I feel that I can ride very comfortably now and can be fast. The way I am getting on with the team, my feeling on the bike and the recent good results give me reason to smile."

Le Mans is your home track; is it one of your favourites?
"I like it, but I wouldn’t say it is one of my favourites. It is a small track with some interesting sections, where you have to be careful not to make mistakes. I like the fast first corner and the flowing chicanes. I think that we can gain an advantage there with the Kalex."

What is your best memory from Le Mans?
"There are two. The first is from 2013, when I led the race, and the second is from 2012 when I got up to second from eight on the grid. The worst race I’ve had there was my first, in 2009, when I crashed twice in the rain."

Is it special riding in front of the home fans?
"Definitely. It’s a unique feeling. I am sure there will be many people, Le Mans will be full and my friends, family and fan club will be out in force. I hope to be able to make them happy with every lap. It’s great to feel their support."

Tags:
Moto2, 2015, MONSTER ENERGY GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE, Johann Zarco, Ajo Motorsport

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