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Zarco: “It's a dream come true to be Moto2 World Champion”

Zarco: “It's a dream come true to be Moto2 World Champion”

With Tito Rabat unable to race due to injury, Johann Zarco became the 2015 Moto2™ World Champion after FP1.

Ajo Motorsport’s Johann Zarco finished FP1 at the Motul Grand Prix of Japan in second, just 0.012s from the top spot. But as the Frenchman went about finding a strong setting for Sunday’s race, drama was unfolding down the order as Tito Rabat (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) was ruled out of competing in the Japanese GP due to his broken left arm. The Spaniard had put up a valiant effort and tried to ride, but the pain and risk to himself and others was too great. This granted Zarco the Moto2™ crown, the Frenchman going on to end FP2, and the day overall, on top.

Johann Zarco: "It's fantastic. It's a dream come true to be Moto2 World Champion. Now it is time to be calm and we will leave celebrating until Sunday after the race, because now we have to think about this Grand Prix, but I'm very happy. I did not expect things to go this way, and I feel bad for Tito [Rabat]. I hope he recovers soon. It has been a spectacular season, and we have always been fighting for the win at every race. If we haven’t got it, we have always been very close. The work we have done has been great and the atmosphere in the team has been fundamental.”

“In 2011 I had experienced my best year in the World Championship, with Ajo Motorsport, and I knew that if I wanted to show my top form again, we should get back together. This year we were able to work together again and, thanks to my experience and the passion for winning that they have, we have been able to finish the job we started in 2011.I want to thank all the whole team, Aki [Ajo], Laurent [Fellon] and his family, my family and friends, the partners and all who have helped me.Hopefully on Sunday we can celebrate the title with a victory."

Moto2, 2015, MOTUL GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, FP2, Johann Zarco, Ajo Motorsport

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