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Zarco makes it 8 wins for the season

Zarco makes it 8 wins for the season

Johann Zarco times his charge perfectly to take his eighth victory and 14th podium of the season after a race long duel with Luthi.

Ajo Motorsport’s 2015 Moto2™ World Champion Johann Zarco judged the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix to perfection to win in Sepang and equal the record of Marc Marquez (2012) and Tito Rabat (2014) with 14 podiums in an intermediate season. The Frenchman denied Derendinger Racing Interwetten’s Thomas Luthi his second win of the season on the last lap by just 0.598s, with Jonas Folger on the AGR Team Kalex completing the podium a further nine seconds back.

It was Luthi starting from pole that led the way into turn 1, although Zarco made a move on the Swiss rider at turn 4. Luthi re-took the lead at the end of the first lap at the final corner and then set about creating a gap at the front, with Zarco in hot pursuit.

These two opened up a lead over the rest and Luthi appeared to be managing the gap perfectly, by lap 11 it was up to a second. Zarco fought back to reduce this to 0.5s with 7 laps remaining, but Luthi got the hurry up signal from his pit board and responded, so the gap was back up to a second with 4 laps left.

Just when it looked like Luthi had the race in the bag, Zarco attacked. The gap was down to 0.2s when the two riders crossed the line to start the final lap, as Zarco appeared to have much better edge grip on his tyres. He made his move for the lead at turn 2 and went on to take his 10th career GP victory by over half a second. Luthi's second place finish was his third podium of the season and saw him leapfrog Jonas Folger into fifth in the standings.

Folger had been involved in a battle for third with Paginas Amarillas HP40’s Alex Rins before the latter crashed out at turn 9 on lap 10, which left Folger with a lonely ride to third for his fourth podium of 2015.

Idemitsu Honda Team Asia’s Takaaki Nakagami made it back-to-back fourth places with Forward Racing’s Lorenzo Baldassarri following up his first podium at Phillip Island with fifth.

Paginas Amarillas Luis Salom came on strong late on in the race to cross the line in sixth, just four-tenths ahead of Sandro Cortese on the Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex in seventh.

Local rider Hafizh Syahrin (Petronas Raceline Malaysia) rode brilliantly from 18th on the grid to finish in eighth, with Simone Corsi (Forward Racing) and Xavier Simeon (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) completing the top ten.

Speed Up Racing’s Sam Lowes was running in 7th when he appeared to have issues, and started dropping down the order like a stone, before recovering towards the end. The Brit eventually crossed the line in 13th.

There were also crashes for Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) and Marcel Schrotter (Tech 3) while EG 0,0 Marc VDS’s Tito Rabat missed the Malaysian GP to allow him to focus on recovering from the broken radius in his left arm.

Check out the full Moto2™ race results and the latest championship standings.

Tags:
Moto2, 2015, SHELL MALAYSIA MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, RAC, Jonas Folger, Johann Zarco, Thomas Luthi, Ajo Motorsport

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