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Zarco: “It's been a tough weekend”

Zarco: “It's been a tough weekend”

Johann Zarco was presented with his first chance at the Moto2™ World Championship title in Aragon, but was unable to capitalize.

It was a calm and measured ride from Ajo Motosport’s Johann Zarco on Sunday at the Gran Premio Movistar de Aragon, settling for points after a difficult weekend. Usually Zarco is up in the top five during practice, showing flashes of speed but hiding his true potential until race day, unfortunately in Aragon Zarco’s somewhat lacklustre Free Practice sessions showed that pressure was starting to mount on the French rider. Sunday’s race was reduced to 14 laps after a red flag on the opening lap brought all the riders back to the pits, the restart not going to plan for Zarco.

Zarco was unable to recreate his strong start during the second attempt, falling three places in the opening corner and becoming trapped in the second group as the leaders broke away. Unable to relax, Zarco was forced to settle for watching his title rival, Tito Rabat (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Racing), slip away and take victory. Zarco’s title chance now heads to Motegi, the sight of his very first World Championship win in 2011, where he will need to leave with a at least a 75 point lead over Rabat. The difference is currently 78 points.

Johann Zarco: “The most important thing this weekend was picking up these 10 important points that allow us to move even closer to the title. It's been a tough weekend, in which I have not been able to feel relaxed. In the race there were two starts: The first was pretty good, but the second was not. I know I could have ridden with those at the front, but I was unable to do so because I was not relaxed enough. I did not expect this, but it's what happened. I felt the pressure. The good thing is that I have learned from it and that is very important for the next few races. The final result is not bad, so I'm looking forward to Japan and fighting for victory."

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

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