Zarco Too Strong for Luthi in Malaysia


Johann Zarco underlined his status as 2015 Moto2 world champion with a superbly judged victory in Malaysia. The Frenchman defeated polesitter Thomas Luthi in a race-long head-to-head to claim his eighth win of the year, one shy of Marc Marquez’s 2012 record with one Grand Prix still to go.

After smashing the lap record in qualifying, Luthi was the strong favourite for victory and he looked to have the race under control in the early stages as he opened up a one second lead over Zarco. However, the longer the race went, the more the pendulum swung towards the Ajo rider and under braking for turn two on the last lap, Johann caught the Swiss rider napping to snatch the lead.

Luthi’s attempt to duck back underneath Zarco didn’t come off as the world champion held him at bay around turn three and with the superior late race pace, Johann eased away to win by just over half a second. Jonas Folger rode a lonely race to third with his cause being aided by a mid-race crash for Alex Rins at turn nine.

Sam Lowes was another rider eyeing a podium finish but a vibration with his Speed Up saw his pace deteriorate, dropping him to thirteenth. Takaaki Nakagami was among those to profit, finishing fourth, while Lorenzo Baldassarri backed up his maiden rostrum in Australia with a competitive fifth.

Luis Salom was sixth ahead of Sandro Cortese with home favourite Hafizh Syahrin recovering from a poor qualifying to finish eighth, seeing off Simone Corsi and Xavier Simeon.

 

MOTO2 SHELL MALAYSIA MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX: RACE RESULT

PosRiderConstructorTeamTime/Gap
15. Johann ZarcoKalexAjo Motorsport40:37.772
212. Thomas LuthiKalexDerendinger Racing Interwetten+0.598
394. Jonas FolgerKalexAGR Team+9.846
430. Takaaki NakagamiKalexIDEMITSU Honda Team Asia+14.139
57. Lorenzo BaldassarriKalexForward Racing+16.440
639. Luis SalomKalexPaginas Amarillas HP 40+22.294
711. Sandro CorteseKalexDynavolt Intact GP+22.708
855. Hafizh SyahrinKalexPetronas Raceline Malaysia+26.685
93. Simone CorsiKalexForward Racing+28.556
1019. Xavier SimeonKalexFederal Oil Gresini Moto2+30.081
1149. Axel PonsKalexAGR Team+30.873
1236. Mika KallioSpeed UpQMMF Racing Team+31.787
1322. Sam LowesSpeed UpSpeed Up Racing+33.844
1488. Ricard CardusSuterJPmoto Malaysia+33.886
1521. Franco MorbidelliKalexItaltrans Racing Team+38.087
1625. Azlan ShahKalexIDEMITSU Honda Team Asia+41.612
174. Randy KrummenacherKalexJIR Moto2+42.239
1896. Louis RossiTech 3Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2+44.576
1970. Robin MulhauserKalexTechnomag Racing Interwetten+46.312
2057. Edgar PonsKalexItaltrans Racing Team+49.357
212. Jesko RaffinKalexsports-millions-EMWE-SAG+56.476
2297. Xavi ViergeTech 3Tech 3+1:17.119
2316. Joshua HookKalexTechnomag Racing Interwetten+1:18.343
2493. Ramdan RosliKalexPetronas AHM Malaysia+1:18.534
2560. Julian SimonSpeed UpQMMF Racing Team+1:20.599
2666. Florian AltSuterIodaRacing Team+1:37.028
2710. Thitipong WarokornKalexAPH PTT The Pizza SAG+1:51.965
NC40. Alex RinsKalexPaginas Amarillas HP 40+10 Laps
NC23. Marcel SchrotterTech 3Tech 3+11 Laps
NC73. Alex MarquezKalexEstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS+14 Laps