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Zarco: “The pressure is not the same”

Zarco: “The pressure is not the same”

Johann Zarco took his first pole position as the 2015 Moto2™ World Champion in dominant fashion.

With the pressure of fighting for a championship lifted from his shoulders, Johann Zarco produced one of his best Qualifying performances of the 2015 season at the Motul Grand Prix of Japan. A 1’50.339 saw the Ajo Motorposrt rider secure pole position for Sunday’s Moto2™ race and set a new pole position record in the process, beating Tom Luthi (Derendinger Racing Interwetten) by 0.171s. Zarco’s goal is to take victory on Sunday in order to celebrate his first ever World Championship in style, but he is keen to avoid unnecessary risk with two races following in close succession.

 So far the Japanese GP weekend has been a world away for the difficulties Zarco experienced in Aragon. As he lines up in pole position for the seventh time in 2015, Zarco knows it will be a hard race especially with the likes of Luthi and Jonas Folger (AGR Team) alongside him on the grid. As always, the Ajo Motorsport squad played a major role in Zarco’s success, having worked diligently since Friday and found a solid base on which to work from.

Johann Zarco: “It is true that after winning the World Championship yesterday, the pressure is not the same, but I will not relax because I want to win tomorrow and it is necessary to be careful. It's great to have the title clinched already, at the start of the flyaways, but I have to continue learning. I'm focused, and have been since the week before coming here, because I want to have a good weekend. The pole position today is the result of the hard work the team is doing. For now everything is going well for us, so tomorrow I hope to have fun and get the win –that's the goal."

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

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