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Zarco: “The fight with Baldassarri was incredible”

Zarco: “The fight with Baldassarri was incredible”

A second win of the 2016 season pulls Johann Zarco back into the championship hunt after a ten-lap sprint race.

Johann Zarco’s Italian GP got off to a less than ideal start as he was unable to get inside the top ten as the race began. Fortunately for him, the red flag was brought out early in the Moto2™ race in Mugello due to a deflated air fence, all the riders returning to the pits while it was repaired. When the race was eventually restarted, it was set to last just ten laps and Johann Zarco started the sprint from ninth. From the start the Ajo Motorsport rider was strong, battling hard with local boy Lorenzo Baldassarri (Forward Team). There was no break in their battle, the two locked together for most of the race, each giving as good as they got. Moves were hard but fair and they touched more than once, but Zarco’s experience was the difference as crossed the line 0.030s ahead of Baldassarri.

Victory may not have granted Zarco the lead in the championship, but it did allow him to make up serious ground on his rivals. He leaves Mugello with 81 points, only one point shy of Tom Luthi (Garage Plus Interwetten) in third and 17 points off the championship leader. After failing to score in France, this is exactly what Zarco needed and proved without a doubt that there are still four riders in contention for the 2016 Moto2™ World Championship.

Johann Zarco: “It’s been a good weekend. Despite starting from sixth, the team and I had a good feeling –we were just concerned as everyone in this class is fast. We worked on my adaptation to the bike throughout the weekend, pushing to see how I can get the most out of it, step by step. The first start was good, although I had some problems with the rear tyre and was sliding around. I saw that I could get up to the front and fight for the podium when the red flag came out. I had the good fortune that three very good riders started from far back, and I took advantage of the fact that there were only 10 laps to push. The fight with Baldassarri was incredible and he rode very well. I was aggressive and I wanted to keep my position on the last corners, because I knew I could win if I got onto the straight first. These 25 points are just what I needed to get back into the fight for the championship."

Moto2, 2016, GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA TIM, RAC2, Johann Zarco, Ajo Motorsport, Reaction

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