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Battle for seconds tightens in Moto2™

Battle for seconds tightens in Moto2™

Zarco still holds the advantage, but the bwin Grand Prix České republiky will be critical in the fight for second.

The Indianapolis Grand Prix saw Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) claim his debut victory in the Moto2™ World Championship, fending off a pack of hungry Moto2™ riders. Rins has shown potential all year, finally able to delivery at Indy. 2014 saw Rins celebrate the Moto3™ race a lap too early, ending his hopes of winning and instead finishing in a disappointing ninth. His win has promoted Rins to second overall; three points clear of Tito Rabat (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Racing).

Still 71 points clear of the rest, Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) has a more than comfortable lead in the title hunt. The likes of Rabat and Rins will have to produce magic in the closing eight rounds to catch the Frenchman. Zarco’s best finish at the Czech GP came in 2011 in the 125cc class when he secured second whilst challenging Nico Terol for the title. Since moving to Moto2™, Zarco has a best result of fifth from 2013.  At each round this year Zarco has been able to achieve his best result in the Moto2™ class, including Qatar when he encountered a broken gear shifter.

Last year saw Tito Rabat claim victory at the bwin Grand Prix České republiky by three seconds on his way to the Moto2™ crown. 2015 has not been easy for Rabat, crashes and injuries have made his title defence near impossible. Prior to his win last year Rabat has had mixed results in Brno, a third in the 2010 125cc race his only other top five finish. Last year’s victory at Brno kick-started a three race win streak for Rabat, if he can repeat that in 2015 the title may still be alive.

The last four years have seen Thomas Luthi (Derendinger Racing Interwetten) finish inside the top five, including two podiums. Luthi has had a steady 2015 season, able to finish within the top six at almost every race but he has lacked the final tenths needed to be in the podium fight. With 109 points the Swiss rider is still in the battle for a top three championship finish.


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