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Firm advantage for Zarco in title battle

Firm advantage for Zarco in title battle

The Moto2™ paddock heads to the Gran Premio TIM di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini with the aiming of halting Zarco’s charge.

Rain at the British GP did not stay for the Moto2™ World Championship race and saw wet tyres run on a rapidly drying track, riders forced to battle against degrading tyres. Johann Zarco rode his Ajo Motorsport Kalex perfectly in the unusual conditions, claiming a comfortable three-second victory and again extending his championship lead. The 2015 season has been all about the Frenchmen, taking five wins and avoiding risks to secure podiums.

Thanks to his consistency, Zarco sits atop the championship with 249 points, a massive 85-point advantage. The Frenchman has the most championship points and the largest advantage across all three World Championship classes. If his advantage remains the same Zarco will be crowned champion in Motegi, where he won his very first World Championship race in 2011 on the 125cc Derbi.

This season has also seen Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) burst into the Moto2™ Championship and assert himself as a force to be reckoned with. Rins produced a solid second place in the difficult British GP conditions, the right hand side of his wet weather tyre almost completely bald by the end of the 18-lap race. He sees himself once again thrust into second place, three points clear of Tito Rabat.

With Zarco’s runaway success, the battle for second looks set to be the one to watch in the latter stages of the 2015 season. Rabat’s title defence in 2015 has not gone to plan, plagued by front end issues and bad luck, the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider has remained positive at each round and focused on the task at hand. His sights not settle on regaining second from Rins.

Franco Morbidelli (Italtrans Racing) was forced to miss the British GP due to breaking his leg in a motocross accident and is working hard to be fit for his home round.

Luca Marini and Mattia Pasini will join the usual Moto2™ competitors as wildcards, both on Kalex machines.

Tags:
Moto2, 2015, GRAN PREMIO TIM DI SAN MARINO E DELLA RIVIERA DI RIMINI

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