Last Lap Move Sees Zarco Snatch Victory

by Louis Suddaby

Johann Zarco made a terrific recovery from a difficult opening lap to take victory in the Catalunya Grand Prix, snatching it on the very last lap. The Frenchman denied Tito Rabat in a dramatic finish with the defending champion falling to third behind Alex Rins after an error four corners from home.

Zarco had looked in a class of his own during qualifying but his chances of converting pole position into victory looked slim after a poor start. Rabat won the drag race to turn one but Sam Lowes was the bravest on the brakes, diving through into second. In the process, the Briton squeezed Dominique Aegerter into Zarco’s Kalex and championship leader had fallen to sixth.

After a brief spell in the lead, Lowes was shuffled back to third by Rabat and the rapid Rins who had made superb progress from the third row. Zarco had his hands full with the second Paginas Amarillas Kalex of Luis Salom but on lap eight, he finally climbed to fifth with a dive up the inside of turn five.

With Lowes struggling to last the pace at the front, the Speed Up soon fell into the clutches of Zarco and on lap fourteen, third spot changed hands on the pit straight. Up ahead, Rins and Rabat were also swapping places as they disputed the lead but Zarco had now been released, and the leading duo would become a trio in time for a thrilling finale.

On the penultimate lap, Zarco finally got on terms with Rins and swept through into turn four and halfway around the last lap, Rabat was ambushed by another outstanding overtaking manoeuvre at turn five. The defending champion was clearly wrong-footed by the move and outbraked himself while trying to fight back at turn ten, handing second on a plate to Rins.

Lowes fell four seconds behind but held onto a solid fourth with Salom keeping Thomas Luthi at bay to finish fifth. Jonas Folger never recovered from a trip through the escape road at the start, eventually trailing home in seventh, while Franco Morbidelli, Dominique Aegerter and Lorenzo Baldassarri completed the top ten.



PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
15. Johann ZarcoKalexAjo Motorsport41:15.487
240. Alex RinsKalexPaginas Amarillas HP 40+0.426
31. Tito RabatKalexEstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS+1.115
422. Sam LowesSpeed UpSpeed Up Racing+3.914
539. Luis SalomKalexPaginas Amarillas HP 40+7.080
612. Thomas LuthiKalexDerendinger Racing Interwetten+7.383
794. Jonas FolgerKalexAGR Team+8.839
821. Franco MorbidelliKalexItaltrans Racing Team+10.352
977. Dominique AegerterKalexTechnomag Racing Interwetten+10.638
107. Lorenzo BaldassarriKalexForward Racing+10.730
1173. Alex MarquezKalexEstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS+11.052
1236. Mika KallioKalexItaltrans Racing Team+16.338
133. Simone CorsiKalexForward Racing+16.649
1455. Hafizh SyahrinKalexPetronas Raceline Malaysia+19.584
1560. Julian SimonSpeed UpQMMF Racing Team+19.657
1623. Marcel SchrotterTech 3Tech 3+19.966
1757. Edgar PonsKalexPaginas Amarillas HP 40+27.233
184. Randy KrummenacherKalexJIR Moto2+30.281
1925. Azlan ShahKalexIDEMITSU Honda Team Asia+30.344
2030. Takaaki NakagamiKalexIDEMITSU Honda Team Asia+39.906
2166. Florian AltSuterOcto IodaRacing Team+43.463
2295. Anthony WestSpeed UpQMMF Racing Team+43.641
2396. Louis RossiTech 3Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2+44.849
242. Jesko RaffinKalexsports-millions-EMWE-SAG+48.202
2510. Thitipong WarokornKalexAPH PTT The Pizza SAG+1:01.457
2693. Ramdan RosliKalexPetronas AHM Malaysia+1:07.876
NC88. Ricard CardusTech 3Tech 3+6 Laps
NC15. Ratthapark WilairotSuterJPmoto Malaysia+14 Laps
NC11. Sandro CorteseKalexDynavolt Intact GP+16 Laps
NC49. Axel PonsKalexAGR Team+23 Laps
NC19. Xavier SimeonKalexFederal Oil Gresini Moto2+23 Laps
NC70. Robin MulhauserKalexTechnomag Racing Interwetten+23 Laps

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