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Zarco Interview: “All that matters is lifting the title”

Zarco Interview: “All that matters is lifting the title”

Johann Zarco spoke to ahead of the Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón, where he could potentially lift the Moto2™ title.

Zarco has enjoyed an almost flawless season and he could pick up his first world title on Sunday at MotorLand Aragon with four races still to go. The 25-year-old from Cannes has increased his lead in the standings ever since he got his nose in front after Argentina.

He has six victories and six poles to his name, and he has not been off the podium since the first race in Qatar. However it is this weekend that could be the ‘moment of truth’ for Zarco.

Johann congratulations on the season so far, what has been key to your success?
“The difference is that I started to feel better on the bike. I wanted to do well after so many years in Moto2 and finished the season very well. Then I thought ‘If I finished the 2014 season so well, I have to be even better in 2015 and with the right bike and the right equipment.’ I had been fighting for the podium the year before; in 2015 I wanted to start fighting for the win. Therefore it was a mixture of many things. As soon as I got on the Kalex I felt good and the team helped me a lot. It is the combination of a great bike and a great team.”

In Qatar, you had a mechanical problem that forced you to miss out on the podium for the only time this season, but did you already know you would be fast in the rest of the races?
“I was happy in Qatar because even with the technical problem I felt stronger. This helped me hugely physically and mentally, and gave me the conviction that I still have today. That was the secret to making a good season. I felt strong and well prepared for the season.”

When you won in Argentina, were you surprised at all?
“That was the culmination of all of the word we had done. The goal was victory. We missed out in Qatar because of the technical issue, then in Austin another rider was simply quicker than me, not by much, but I was still happy to finish second. However, in Argentina I started from pole and had great pace. Everything felt good so I went for the win. It wasn’t a surprise as it had always been our goal.”

In Barcelona & Assen you looked unbeatable…
“It was not that I felt stronger than my opponents. In some races you just have a good feeling, and you have to make the most of that situation. The fights with Tito have been great, as he is the reigning champion. My strategy at both races was to try and escape at the front, but he had better pace, so I just had to try my best and keep pushing.”

You have won the last three races; can you take the title at Aragon this weekend?
“It is true that we arrive at Aragon with a real chance to win the title. I have been doing well all year, but all that matters to me is lifting the title, and not where it happens. There is no pressure on me right now. In each race since Argentina I have increased my lead. So this weekend I will continue to work and enjoy it without thinking too much. Yes, sure I can win the title this weekend, but the important thing is not when I win it, it is to make sure I do win it.”

Will you feel any pressure next year staying in Moto2™?
“Yes there will be pressure but we will handle it. We started the season with the 2014 bike and haven’t changed. We have not yet tested the 2016 Kalex, although that is what I will be on next season.”

What is the difference between the Zarco beaten to the 125cc title in 2011 compared to the Zarco of 2015?
“The difference is the experience and the confidence I now have in myself. I also analyse situations better. Being back in the Ajo team is a huge part of this. In 2011 I was racing with him as we battled for the title, and now it’s the same.”

Moto2, 2015, GRAN PREMIO MOVISTAR DE ARAGÓN, Johann Zarco, Ajo Motorsport

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