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Zarco: “I can be very happy to have fought like this”

Zarco: “I can be very happy to have fought like this”

After a hard race battling with a number of riders, Johann Zarco was pleased to end third at a track he finds difficult.

From second on the grid, Johann Zarco charged off the line and held onto his position for the first lap. The French rider would soon be passed by Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) and found himself assaulted by a number of other Moto2™ riders as they all battled for third. It was an intense battle that saw a number of hard passes, Zarco dropping back on occasion to make sure he was able to finish the race. Five laps from the end the Ajo Motorsport rider saw his chance and took it, moving to third and opening up a small gap on his rivals. By this point Lowes and Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) were long gone, but Zarco was happy of his result regardless.

The opening three races have seen Zarco take two podium finishes, including victory in Argentina and he subsequently sits third in the championship standings. With 45 points the reigning Moto2™ World Champion is only two points shy of Lowes at the head of the table. 2015 got off to a similar start for Zarco, the French rider only seven points behind where he was at this stage in his championship winning season. Zarco and his fellow intermediate class riders now return to Europe for the bulk of the season, Jerez hosting round four on the 24th of April.

Johann Zarco: “It was a great fight with the riders battling for third position, but I felt that I could be fast at the end. I would have liked to have followed Rins or Lowes, but it was too difficult. If I were to have been able to push as hard at the end as at the beginning, I would have been up there with the front riders. However, this is quite a tricky circuit for me and getting a podium is fantastic. I can be very happy to have fought like this and it was amazing. When I saw I was fourth, I thought I could risk things a little more, so I pushed and was able to get this third position. I think we've done a good job here and certainly we have learned from these two weeks in Argentina and Texas. Now it's time to rest and in two weeks we have to be ready for Jerez, because there will be many riders fighting for the top positions.”

Tags:
Moto2, 2016, RED BULL GRAND PRIX OF THE AMERICAS, RAC, Johann Zarco, Ajo Motorsport

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