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Riders look to catch Zarco in Holland

Riders look to catch Zarco in Holland

Johann Zarco continued his perfect run of top ten finishes last time out, extending his championship lead to 40 points.

Frenchman Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) has finished on the podium in all but one race this season, a broken gear-shifter demoting him to eighth at the season opener in Qatar. Since taking the lead of the Moto2™ World Championship in Argentina Zarco has continued to increase his advantage with each round.

After a difficult start to 2015 Tito Rabat (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) has found the consistency that saw him crowned Moto2™ World Champion in 2014, claiming four successive podiums. Rabat’s best finish at the Dutch TT has so far been a fourth in 2012, Assen is one of only two current circuits where Rabat has not had a podium finish in Moto2™. Last year’s race got off to a hectic start as Rabat fell on the sighting lap, a delay due to rain allowing his Marc VDS team to make repairs and allow Rabat to begin from pole just in time.

2014 was also a difficult race for Sam Lowes (Speed Up Racing) as the Brit crashed twice during the race after initially fighting for the podium. The last three races have seen Lowes finish in fourth as he attempts to break Kalex’s domination on his Speed Up machine. Lowes is third in the championship, two points ahead of Thomas Luthi (Derendinger Racing Interwetten).

In Barcelona Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) was resurgent, finishing second after two of the last three races resulted in zero points for the impressive rookie. The Spaniard has finished on the podium in Holland twice in Moto3™ with a best result of second last year.

Rain at last year’s race resulted in magic for Anthony West (QMMF Racing Team), as the veteran Australian claimed his second Grand Prix victory, 11 years after his first which also came at Assen.


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