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Zarco: “The last two laps were not easy”

Zarco: “The last two laps were not easy”

With the World Championship secured, Johann Zarco produced a great race at the Motul Grand Prix of Japan to celebrate his title with a win.

Having been granted the Moto2™ World Championship on Friday, Johann Zarco was forced to wait till Sunday to properly enjoy the sensation. The Ajo Motorsport rider wasn’t willing to settle for anything less than victory and Zarco pushed as though he was still battling for the crown. Conditions were similar to that of the British GP, which Zarco also won, the race starting fully wet but the track quickly drying. As a result many riders suffered serious tyre wear, especially on the front end but as he had done in England, Zarco managed the situation perfectly.

Jonas Folger (AGR Team) had initially led the race, but Zarco waited to make his move and comfortably took the lead on lap five, never looking back. Often when conditions are as treacherous as in the Japanese GP, pushing is the best way to stay upright as relaxing can cause the mind to wander and mistakes to occur. Push Zarco did, the Frenchman taking his seventh win of the 2015 season by four and a half seconds. On the cooldown lap Zarco received his championship helmet and a celebratory T-shirt but there’s little time to enjoy as the World Championship fly to Phillip Island for round 16.

Johann Zarco: “The race went very well. I knew Jonas [Folger] would push very hard from the beginning and I tried to follow him. I saw that gradually the asphalt was drying out and I decided to overtake him and try to escape, because it was the safest strategy. I felt comfortable and I tried to stay focused and not make any mistakes. The last two laps were not easy, because although I had a good advantage it is easy to make a mistake in the wet. The end of the race was fantastic and I was overwhelmed. I want to thank the team and all the partners who have allowed me to be in the World Championship all these years. I am very happy; thank you.”

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

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