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For the second year in a row, Johann Zarco claimed his first win of the season at the Argentina GP.
Throughout the Gran Premio Motul de la República Argentina weekend, Johann Zarco had looked strong, showing the form that took him to the 2015 Moto2™ World title. Having been inside the top five all weekend, the Ajo Motorsport rider kept his cool as the race got started on a still drying track. Launching from second on the grid, the Frenchman defended his position in the opening laps and remained within striking distance of the leader at all times. He waited for his moment and then with 11 laps to go slipped into the lead, attempting to open up a gap on several occasions. Zarco would eventually clinch victory by 1.347 seconds.
25 points for victory moves Zarco to second in the Moto2™ World Championship with a total of 29 points, this puts him just 5 shy of Tom Luthi (Garage Plus Interwetten) in the standings. Zarco’s Argentina GP victory in 2015 was his first in the middleweight class and began his championship push. For the ninth time in Moto2™ and the tenth time in his career, Zarco took to the top step of the podium and cements himself yet further as the most successful French rider in the intermediate class.
Johann Zarco: “Honestly, I did not know if I was really strong in these conditions, but before the race I thought I should be careful. Being in the lead group was very important, because then it would have been more difficult to reduce any gap later on. I started to get in control and did everything I could to avoid the wettest areas of the track, then began to push. Maybe I made a few small mistakes, as I was fighting against other riders such as Morbidelli. When the track dried out further I focused much more, and when I had the opportunity to lead the race I felt more comfortable using my lines - taking advantage of the gap to push harder and get everything under control. In the end I succeeded. I am very happy with the victory, and after Qatar this is fantastic. I hope things go the same way in Texas.”