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Zarco victorious in epic Moto2™ last lap battle

Zarco victorious in epic Moto2™ last lap battle

Johann Zarco mounts a spectacular comeback to take his second win of the season on the very last lap at the Catalan GP.

Zarco bounced back superbly from a close incident at the first corner involving Dominique Aegerter and Jonas Folger to deny reigning World Champion Tito Rabat a second successive victory in front of his passionate home crowd.

The Frenchman, who led Rabat in the Moto2™ World Championship standings by 31-points before the race, fought his way through the pack before catching the leading group and making a block pass on Rabat at turn 5 on the last lap to snatch victory.

With glorious sunshine and track temperatures reaching 46°C it was Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider Rabat that led the race into the first corner. Sam Lowes and Aegerter joined Rabat in the leading trio, and it did not take long for Paginas Amarillas HP40’s Alex Rins to join fight his way into victory contention.  Both Rins and Lowes took it in turn to lead, but Lowes was unable to maintain his pace and he eventually finished fourth for a third race in succession.

All the time Zarco was hunting down the lead group, eventually overtaking Lowes and catching Rabat and Rins with three laps to go. Rins ran wide at turn 4 with just two laps to go, leaving Rabat and Zarco to battle it out on the final lap.

Zarco made his decisive move at turn 5, and while pushing to regain the lead, Rabat ran wide at turn 10 to see his hopes of a 12th Moto2 win disappear.

Zarco crossed the line unchallenged to take his second race win of the season and extend his championship lead over Rabat to 40 points.

Rabat’s late mistake let Rins through to take his third podium of the season in second.

Lowes took fourth, ahead of Rins’ teammate Luis Salom in fifth and Derendinger Racing Interwetten’s Thomas Luthi in sixth. Folger, (AGR Team) who was also involved in the incident at the first corner, mounted a brilliant recovery from 14th to take seventh.

Franco Morbidelli (Italtrans Racing Team), Dominique Aegerter (Technomag Racing Interwetten) and Lorenzo Baldassari (Athina Forward Racing) completed the top ten.

There were crashes for Ricard Cardus, Robin Mulhauser, and Ratthapark Wilairot on his return to the Moto2™ class. Sandro Cortese and Xavier Simeon crashed out at turn 4 on the first lap, with an incident involving Morbidelli and Axel Pons (AGR Team) at the same corner was under investigation by Race Direction.

Check out the full Moto2™ race results, and the latest World Championship standings.

Tags:
Moto2, 2015, GRAN PREMI MONSTER ENERGY DE CATALUNYA, RAC, Alex Rins, Johann Zarco, Tito Rabat

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