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Moto2™ riders battle for championship gains in Australia

Moto2™ riders battle for championship gains in Australia

With Johann Zarco having taken the Moto2™ World Championship in Japan, focus shifts down the field.

Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) was crowned the 2015 Moto2™ World Champion after FP1 at the Japanese GP. His lone title rival, Tito Rabat (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) was unable to compete in the race due to a broken left radius. Zarco celebrated his title with victory in Japan, overcoming difficult conditions to cross the line 4.5 seconds ahead of second. The intense back-to-back schedule of the flyaways has given the Frenchman little time to relax and soak in the feeling of being a World Champion, his focus already on the Australian GP.

During his first year in the Moto2™ World Championship, Zarco claimed fifth at Phillip Island, his best finish at the track in the intermediate class. The following two years saw him unable to finish.

Rabat’s participation in the race is still under question, as in Japan he will have to undergo a medical check and then assess his on track performance to see how his injury fares. The decision to withdraw from the Japanese GP was made due to a lack of strength and power in his left arm. Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) sits 17 points behind Rabat in the fight for second; a disappointing ride to 11th saw the rookie unable to capitalize on Rabat missing the race.

Podium finishes from Jonas Folger (AGR Team) and Sandro Cortese (Dynavolt Intact GP) helped to elevate their championship positions, Folger sits fifth with Cortese moving to ninth. The German pair will be teammates in 2016 and both are aiming for continued improvements towards the end of the season having both had mixed years. Cortese has twice won at Phillip Island, in 2011 while riding in the 125cc class and again in 2012 on his way to the Moto3™ World Championship.

With many riders yet to secure seats for 2016, the Pramac Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix will be critical for on going negotiations. The sweeping bends and high-speed curves of the track make it a favourite of riders and fans alike.

As Dominique Aegerter is still recovering from injury, his seat in the Technomag Racing Interwetten team will again be filled by Australian Josh Hook. Hook has had ample experience around Phillip Island having raced in the Australian Superbike series and has twice raced there as a wildcard in the lightweight class. The Australian crashed out of the Japanese GP, but was making solid progress as he learned the Kalex.  


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