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Zarco ready to take title in Japan

Zarco ready to take title in Japan

After a disappointing Aragon GP, Johann Zarco heads to the site of his first ever GP win with eyes fixed on the Moto2™ crown.

For the second time in 2015, Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) is presented with a chance to claim the 2015 Moto2™ World Championship as his own. A disappointing weekend in Aragon saw Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS’ Tito Rabat take a hard fought win and claw back vital championship points. For the Frenchman to claim the title he must leave Motegi with at least a 75-point advantage, the current gap standing at 78-points.

Zarco took his first ever GP win at the Japanese track back in 2011 and since moving up to the Moto2™ class has a best result of fourth, achieved in 2014.

Standing between Zarco and the title is Tito Rabat, riding a wave of confidence after a fantastic home win in Aragon and announcing a move up to the MotoGP™ World Championship in 2016 with the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS squad. Twice the Spanish rider has stood on the Japanese podium, a third in both 2012 and 2014. The gap might be vast, but the fight for the title isn’t over yet and Rabat will continue to push to end his Moto2™ career with the best results possible.

It was not an easy win for Rabat in Aragon, impressive rookie Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) pushing him down to the wire as he recovered from a disastrous San Marino GP. Now 100 points down on Zarco, Rins’ chances of taking the title in his rookie season are gone, but the fight for second with Rabat is still on as just 22 points split the Spanish pair. Rins was one of just a few riders to test a version of the 2016 Kalex in Aragon, the upgrade appearing as a positive step forward.

Takaaki Nakagami is out hunting for his second podium of 2015, having claimed third in Misano. The Idemitsu Honda Team Asia rider has a best finish of seventh at Motegi in 2012 and as the lone Japanese rider in the intermediate class is out for a strong result.

The Moto2™ race in Aragon was red flagged due to a first lap crash involving both Dominique Aegerter (Technomag Racing Interwetten) and Xavier Simeon (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2). Simeon was able to remount and join the restarted race, but unfortunately Aegerter was taken to hospital for an extensive list of injures. While none of the Swiss rider’s injuries are serious or life threatening, he will be forced to miss the race in Japan which ends his run as the only rider to compete in every Moto2™ race since the class was introduced in 2010. Aegerter will be replaced by Australian Josh Hook who currently races in the Japanese Superbike series.


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