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Zarco's Racing history

Zarco's Racing history

It's been a long road for Johann Zarco, but the Japanese GP sees him become the 2015 Moto2™ World Champion.

Johann Zarco took his first steps towards a life filled with racing when he begun racing minibikes in Italy, finishing second overall in 2005 and 2006. He joined the Red Bull Rookies Cup during its inaugural year in 2007 and became their first champion with four victories and seven podiums in eight races. Two years later, the pilot from Cannes, France made his debut in the 125cc World Championship with the WTR San Marino Team where he ended the year in 20th position, improving to 11th the following year.

In 2011 the Frenchman evolved, jumping to the Avant AirAsia Ajo Derbi team and conquering ten podiums together, pushing for the 125cc title till the end. In Motegi, just four races from the end of the year, Zarco took a career first victory but in the end finished second to Spaniard Nico Terol in the championship. His solid performance granted him 262 championship points and also earned him a ride in the Moto2™ World Championship with Team JiR in 2012.

It was not an easy rookie season for Zarco aboard the MotoBi, but he was near the podium on several occasions including the Portugese GP. He ended the year with 95 points and inside the top ten. 2013 saw him join the Came Iodaracing Project mounted on the more competitive Suter frame and Zarco delivered on his potential with two podiums, a third in both Mugello and Valencia. Again, Zarco became a rider to watch.

For 2014 Zarco joined the new Caterham squad, riding a revised Suter frame. It was a mixed season with four podiums and several crashes, especially during the start of the year. Then in 2015 came the turning point, Zarco rejoined Aki Ajo under the Ajo Motorsport banner in the Finn’s newly formed Moto2™ team and Zarco found himself on the much desired Kalex. Aside from Qatar, 2015 was a year without fault and at round three in Argentina, Zarco took his first win in the class. From that moment he took over the championship lead and it grew with each round. Repeated triumphs were repeated celebrated with a trademark backlip, a highlight of the season was his run of three wins from the Czech GP to the San Marino GP. It was in Motegi, where he took his first victory back in 2011 on the 125cc Derbi, that Zarco was crowned the 2015 Moto2™ World Champion.

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