Zarco Wins at Brno to Close in on Title


Johann Zarco took another giant step towards the 2015 Moto2 title with victory at the Czech Republic Grand Prix. Despite his lead rarely growing beyond a second over Tito Rabat, the Frenchman always looked in control and has now extended his championship advantage to 79 points over the Spaniard.

The only stage where Zarco didn’t have clear tarmac ahead of him was the opening lap when a blistering start from the second row took Thomas Luthi into the lead. The Swiss rider didn’t put up the strongest resistance with Johann taking over the lead on lap two but Rabat found life much tougher when he attempted to wrestle second away from him. A magnificent move around the outside of turn eleven did the trick for the defending champion but Tito had handed Zarco a one-second advantage, something he wouldn’t get back.

As Luthi fell backwards, the fight for third initially brought back memories of recent Moto3 tussles with Alex Rins locking horns with former teammate and adversary Alex Marquez. The latter had already scored a season-best qualifying result and kept pace with his fellow rookie for much of the race, only slipping back in the final couple of laps as Rins gave chase of Rabat. In the end, Tito held onto to second by 0.364s with Marquez finishing a fine fourth on the second Marc VDS Kalex.

Sam Lowes bounced back from a disastrous qualifying session to take fifth, keeping a fast-closing Jonas Folger at bay, while Luthi tumbled all the way down to seventh, ten seconds off the lead. Sandro Cortese’s impressive qualifying form didn’t continue into race day, leaving him eighth, while Luis Salom and Franco Morbidelli rounded out the top ten.

 

MOTO2 bwin GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY – RACE RESULT (20 LAPS)

PosRiderConstructorTeamTime/Gap
15. Johann ZarcoKalexAjo Motorsport41:02.500
21. Tito RabatKalexEstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS+1.421
340. Alex RinsKalexPaginas Amarillas HP 40+1.785
473. Alex MarquezKalexEstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS+4.393
522. Sam LowesSpeed UpSpeed Up Racing+7.844
694. Jonas FolgerKalexAGR Team+8.056
712. Thomas LuthiKalexDerendinger Racing Interwetten+9.882
811. Sandro CorteseKalexDynavolt Intact GP+10.074
939. Luis SalomKalexPaginas Amarillas HP 40+11.921
1021. Franco MorbidelliKalexItaltrans Racing Team+12.479
113. Simone CorsiKalexForward Racing+17.694
1230. Takaaki NakagamiKalexIDEMITSU Honda Team Asia+17.763
1377. Dominique AegerterKalexTechnomag Racing Interwetten+18.352
1455. Hafizh SyahrinKalexPetronas Raceline Malaysia+18.522
1536. Mika KallioKalexItaltrans Racing Team+19.377
1619. Xavier SimeonKalexFederal Oil Gresini Moto2+20.811
1749. Axel PonsKalexAGR Team+21.272
1860. Julian SimonSpeed UpQMMF Racing Team+22.119
1923. Marcel SchrotterTech 3Tech 3+25.946
204. Randy KrummenacherKalexJIR Moto2+26.586
2195. Anthony WestSpeed UpQMMF Racing Team+39.425
2257. Edgar PonsKalexPaginas Amarillas HP 40+44.290
2325. Azlan ShahKalexIDEMITSU Honda Team Asia+44.657
2488. Ricard CardusSuterJPmoto Malaysia+44.747
2510. Thitipong WarokornKalexAPH PTT The Pizza SAG+46.960
262. Jesko RaffinKalexsports-millions-EMWE-SAG+53.547
NC97. Xavier ViergeTech 3Tech 3+4 Laps
NC7. Lorenzo BaldassarriKalexForward Racing+8 Laps
NC66. Florian AltSuterIodaRacing Team+8 Laps
NC96. Louis RossiTech 3Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2+9 Laps
NC70. Robin MulhauserKalexTechnomag Racing Interwetten+17 Laps