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Zarco: “The goal was to finish the race”

Zarco: “The goal was to finish the race”

A drying track during the Octo British Grand Prix ripped rear tyres to shreds, but Johann Zarco kept his cool.

For the fifth time in 2015 Johann Zarco conquered the Moto2™ World Championship field and won aboard the Ajo Motorsport Kalex. His victory marked with a trademark celebratory backflip after the race. All of the Moto2™ field started Sunday’s British GP with wet tyres, but it quickly became clear that they would not last the race as a dry line emerged. Many of Zarco’s competitors made fast starts to the race, but the Frenchman kept calm and set a steady pace to catch and pass them. The latter stage of the race came down to tyre management, large chunks of rubber ripping off for many riders.

Winter testing for Moto2™ was plagued with rain, a major issue at the time. But, in hindsight Zarco relied heavily on the knowledge he gained then to claim victory by 3.36s on Sunday. Not only did Zarco do significant mileage in the wet, he also had ample experience on a drying track and knew how the Dunlops behaved. With 249 points in the Moto2™ World Championship standings, Zarco has an 85-point lead and the 2015 crown firmly in his sights.

Johann Zarco: “It has been a very positive weekend, with the learning we have done. I had a crash on Friday and luckily I was not injured, but it taught me that you always have to be careful when you are fighting for the title, because the season is not over yet. The qualifying session went pretty well yesterday, because even though I was not first, I was very fast. In the race we had very different conditions because of the rain, but I felt good. The goal was to finish the race, but when the track was drying out I felt more comfortable than the other riders. I saw that Rins was sliding a lot, so after eight laps I took the lead, tried to escape and it worked perfectly. Another 25 points is fantastic. I have to thank the team, because the tyres held up well and my feeling was perfect. Let's see if we can continue like this at Misano.”

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Moto2, 2015, OCTO BRITISH GRAND PRIX, RAC, Johann Zarco, Ajo Motorsport

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