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Zarco out to break more records in Sachsenring

Zarco out to break more records in Sachsenring

The incredible season of Johann Zarco continued at Assen with another win, can he make it three in a row?

Assen saw Ajo Motorsport’s Johann Zarco claim his third win of the season, and his second in a row. Zarco is just the fourth French rider to win three intermediate-class GP races in a single season along with Christian Sarron (1984), Olivier Jacque (2000) and Randy de Puniet (2003).

No French rider has ever won four intermediate-class races in a season, but Sachsenring is a track with mixed memories for Zarco. In 2014 Zarco fell from the race at Turn 12 and saw his bike burst into flames, he himself luckily to avoid injury, but in 2011 Zarco secured second in the 125cc race.

Since taking the lead of the championship in Argentina, Zarco has increased his lead in the standings at each round. Tito Rabat (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Racing) has done his best to close the gap, but so far the Frenchman has had the edge. The Sachsenring is the only track currently on the calendar where Rabat has not finished on the podium in the Moto2™ class, furthermore Kalex have never claimed victory here either, a win could be a first for both bike and rider. Rabat will also have to contend with a recently plated collarbone, the reigning World Champion breaking his right collarbone in a recent training crash. He was operated on soon after and has already returned to training.

Third in Assen and in the championship overall, Sam Lowes (Speed Up Racing) returned to the podium for the first time since Argentina, where he was also third. This comes after a run of fourth place finishes in three successive races, which, despite being solid point scoring finishes, left the Brit hungry for more. Both Lowes and Speed Up continue to work on improving the bike, looking to bring a new frame with more flex to hopefully grant him the few tenths he needs to battle Rabat and Zarco for victory.

Jonas Folger (AGR Team) sits sixth in the championship standings and is the highest placed German. When the Assen race was restarted Folger was in contention for victory but faded to seventh in the closing stages. The German has so far had a mixed season, two victories alongside a series of inconsistent results. 2014 saw him fail to finish in Sachsenring.

Sachsenring will also be a big race for Sandro Cortese (Dynavolt Intact GP) as he attempts to move within the top ten of the World Championship standings. Cortese is currently 14th with 30 points, ten points behind Julian Simon (QMMF Racing) in 10th. Since moving up to Moto2™ Cortese's best finish in Germany is 14th in 2013 and he crashed out in 2014, but he did win the 2012 Moto3™ race...

Having recently switched to the KYB suspension, Marcel Schrotter (Tech 3) will continue to assess their performance in Germany. The Tech 3 rider struggled to 18th in Assen in what continues to be a difficult 2015 season.


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