Zarco on the Brink after Misano Victory


Johann Zarco is potentially one race away from clinching the 2015 Moto2 world championship after another crucial victory at Misano. The Frenchman was a class apart once again, winning by nearly four seconds from Tito Rabat to move 93 points clear of the defending champion. Should Zarco outscore the Spaniard by seven points at Aragon next time out, he will claim the title with four races to spare.

Zarco didn’t have things all his own way early on with an aggressive Dominique Aegerter throwing everything at the Ajo rider in an attempt to take control of proceedings, the two even making contact on the back straight as they ran side-by-side. The Swiss did take the lead on lap two with Alex Rins following through into second but a horribly misjudged manoeuvre by the Spanish rookie on lap six eliminated them both on lap six, Rins careering into the race leader.

With Rabat languishing back in seventh at this stage, Zarco had a clear path to a third straight victory but a succession of daring overtakes saw the Marc VDS rider recover to second. Takaaki Nakagami ended his long podium drought in third after seeing off Simone Corsi while Julian Simon gave Speed Up some cheer with fifth, making up for the untimely exit of Sam Lowes whose rear tyre began shedding smoke and debris.

Jonas Folger threatened a podium finish before slipping to sixth, just ahead of Lorenzo Baldassarri while former Moto3 rivals Sandro Cortese and Luis Salom finished eighth and ninth respectively. Thomas Luthi was a poor tenth but Hafizh Syahrin endured even greater disappointment, plummeting to eighteenth having run as high as second.

 

MOTO2 GP TIM DI SAN MARINO E DELLA RIVIERA DI RIMINI: RACE RESULT

PosRiderConstructorTeamTime/Gap
15. Johann ZarcoKalexAjo Motorsport42:38.099
21. Tito RabatKalexEstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS+3.850
330. Takaaki NakagamiKalexIDEMITSU Honda Team Asia+5.388
43. Simone CorsiKalexForward Racing+7.058
560. Julian SimonSpeed UpQMMF Racing Team+9.225
694. Jonas FolgerKalexAGR Team+10.466
77. Lorenzo BaldassarriKalexForward Racing+13.784
811. Sandro CorteseKalexDynavolt Intact GP+16.334
939. Luis SalomKalexPaginas Amarillas HP 40+17.896
1012. Thomas LuthiKalexDerendinger Racing Interwetten+18.353
1149. Axel PonsKalexAGR Team+24.029
1219. Xavier SimeonKalexFederal Oil Gresini Moto2+27.609
1325. Azlan ShahKalexIDEMITSU Honda Team Asia+29.037
144. Randy KrummenacherKalexJIR Moto2+32.140
1595. Anthony WestSpeed UpQMMF Racing Team+33.312
1654. Mattia PasiniKalexGresini Racing+36.315
1723. Marcel SchrotterTech 3Tech 3+37.245
1855. Hafizh SyahrinKalexPetronas Raceline Malaysia+43.947
1996. Louis RossiTech 3Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2+43.986
2010. Thitipong WarokornKalexAPH PTT The Pizza SAG+52.354
219. Luca MariniKalexPaginas Amarillas HP 40+1:01.171
2266. Florian AltSuterIodaRacing Team+1:05.168
2397. Xavi ViergeTech 3Tech 3+1 Lap
2477. Dominique AegerterKalexTechnomag Racing Interwetten+3 Laps
NC64. Federico CaricasuloKalexItaltrans Racing Team+8 Laps
NC22. Sam LowesSpeed UpSpeed Up Racing+9 Laps
NC2. Jesko RaffinKalexsports-millions-EMWE-SAG+11 Laps
NC73. Alex MarquezKalexEstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS+20 Laps
NC70. Robin MulhauserKalexTechnomag Racing Interwetten+21 Laps
NC36. Mika KallioKalexItaltrans Racing Team+24 Laps
NC88. Ricard CardusSuterJPmoto Malaysia+24 Laps
DQ40. Alex RinsKalexPaginas Amarillas HP 40Disqualified