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Zarco: “I continued pushing on the last lap”

Zarco: “I continued pushing on the last lap”

A red flagged Moto2™ gave riders a second chance at the start, but Johann Zarco conquered the field over race distance.

A crash a Turn 1 resulted in a red flag due to track conditions and a shortening of Saturday’s Moto2™ race to 16 laps. Ajo Motorsport’s Johann Zarco had made a solid start in both race starts and positioned himself well to fight with Tito Rabat (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Racing), one of the few able to match his pace. The pair swapped hard moves throughout the race both giving and receiving in equal amounts.

It was in the closing laps that Zarco gained the upper hand, the French rider just able to edge ahead of Rabat. The gap started at just a few tenths before eventually growing to 0.757s at the close of the race. Assen is Zarco’s third win of the season and comes right after his win in Catalunya last round. He continues to lead the Moto2™ championship, now with 159 points.

Johann Zarco: "Making two starts was not a big problem, because I was able to keep calm before going out again. My first start was not good and I thought I had a second chance to do well, but it didn’t really work like that. I repeated that I had to remain calm and enjoy the race, because we had done well in practice. I was fighting with Tito [Rabat] at the beginning of the race and that showed he would be up there and it wouldn’t be easy. We led in the final stretch, but I saw that I had a stronger pace and I thought taking the lead and trying to escape would be the best solution to get victory.”

“I passed him and I saw that first I opened a gap of two tenths, then another, and I continued pushing on the last lap. This is my second consecutive win and it's great. I want to thank the team because I am very confident with the bike and I can ride it very fast."

Moto2, 2015, MOTUL TT ASSEN, RAC, Johann Zarco, Ajo Motorsport

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