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Zarco: “I took my first Grand Prix win there in 2011”

Zarco: “I took my first Grand Prix win there in 2011”

Johann Zarco ready to take the Moto2™ World Championship as he returns to the scene of his first victory.

The Aragon GP was a disappointing round for Ajo Motorsport’s Johann Zarco, the Frenchman struggling to sixth and missing his first opportunity to take the 2015 Moto2™ World Championship. It was an uncharacteristically difficult weekend for Zarco, having only finished off the podium once before Aragon. He now heads to the Motul Grand Prix of Japan with a 78-point lead over Tito Rabat (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS), for Zarco to take the title he’ll need to end the Japanese GP with a 75-point lead over the Spaniard. It is unknown how Rabat will fair as he recently broken his left radius while training. Taking the title in Japan would be a fitting achievement for Zarco who took his very first World Championship victory there back in 2011.

Once again Zarco isn’t focusing on the title and has his sights set on winning the race, but will see what happens during Sunday’s race. If Zarco is unable to take the title in Japan he will not have to wait long for his next opportunity as the Japanese GP is the first of three consecutive back-to-back rounds with the Australian GP following the very next week. The 2014 Moto2™ race in Motegi saw Zarco finish just off the podium in fourth, the technical track a favourite of the Frenchman.

Johann Zarco: “The flyaways are a part of the season that I like. It's true that in my early years in the World Championship I found these races a little tough; it's not easy being away from home for so many days, but now I see them as three races that for which I am very motivated. Motegi is a nice track and I took my first Grand Prix win there in 2011. It's a very special track, with hard braking, and I know that my team will prepare the bike so that I feel as comfortable as possible.”

“The characteristics are completely different to MotorLand Aragon. I go to Japan with winning the race as my main objective. We will see on Sunday what we do, according to how the race develops and if we have to think about points for the title. Until that moment transpires, we should go for the win and try to seal the title."

Be sure to share your thoughts on #ZarcoTitleChance on social media throughout the weekend.

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