Zarco Too Strong for Rabat at Assen

Johann Zarco has stretched further clear of championship rival Tito Rabat after proving the stronger of the two in the Dutch TT at Assen. The Frenchman forced his way past Rabat with an aggressive move four laps from home and was never headed from there as he moved 45 points clear of the reigning champion.

Rabat looked to have stolen a march on the rest of the field on lap one only to be stopped in his tracks by a red flag. Luis Salom had been involved in an accident with Anthony West at the first corner with his damaged Pons Kalex spilling oil on the outside of the track, leaving race direction with no choice but to bring a halt to proceedings.

Due to the delay, the race distance was shortened to sixteen laps and Jonas Folger looked to have made a decisive break at the restart following a lightning getaway from row two. The German did increase his lead to over a second as Rabat and Zarco squabbled over second but once their duel settled down, Rabat wiped out the AGR rider’s advantage.

In consecutive laps, Folger was relegated out of the podium reckoning altogether with Rabat, Zarco and Sam Lowes easing through at around half distance and attention soon switched to the two title rivals as they fought for victory. The battle was settled on lap thirteen when Johann barged the Marc VDS rider out of the way at turn three and in such a short race, a half second advantage was all he needed to wrap up a third win of 2015.

Rabat and Lowes completed the podium while Alex Rins, Thomas Luthi and Xavier Simeon demoted Folger all the way to seventh spot. Mika Kallio finished eighth ahead of Alex Marquez while Simone Corsi paid the price for a dreadful start and trailed home in tenth.



15. Johann ZarcoKalexAjo Motorsport26:13.410
21. Tito RabatKalexEstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS+0.757
322. Sam LowesSpeed UpSpeed Up Racing+2.080
440. Alex RinsKalexPaginas Amarillas HP 40+3.738
512. Thomas LuthiKalexDerendinger Racing Interwetten+4.530
619. Xavier SimeonKalexFederal Oil Gresini Moto2+5.045
794. Jonas FolgerKalexAGR Team+6.140
836. Mika KallioKalexItaltrans Racing Team+8.105
973. Alex MarquezKalexEstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS+8.376
103. Simone CorsiKalexForward Racing+9.670
1160. Julian SimonSpeed UpQMMF Racing Team+11.749
1277. Dominique AegerterKalexTechnomag Racing Interwetten+17.537
1330. Takaaki NakagamiKalexIDEMITSU Honda Team Asia+18.104
144. Randy KrummenacherKalexJIR Moto2+20.468
1555. Hafizh SyahrinKalexPetronas Raceline Malaysia+20.894
1625. Azlan ShahKalexIDEMITSU Honda Team Asia+22.405
1711. Sandro CorteseKalexDynavolt Intact GP+22.930
1823. Marcel SchrotterTech 3Tech 3+25.663
1921. Franco MorbidelliKalexItaltrans Racing Team+30.931
2070. Robin MulhauserKalexTechnomag Racing Interwetten+35.014
212. Jesko RaffinKalexsports-millions-EMWE-SAG+35.289
2249. Axel PonsKalexAGR Team+44.794
2310. Thitipong WarokornKalexAPH PTT The Pizza SAG+47.633
2415. Ratthapark WilairotSuterJPmoto Malaysia+54.049
2513. Jasper IwemaSpeed UpAbbink GP+1:10.079
NC7. Lorenzo BaldassarriKalexForward Racing+5 Laps
NC95. Anthony WestSpeed UpQMMF Racing Team+5 Laps
NC96. Louis RossiTech 3Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2+7 Laps
NC88. Ricard CardusTech 3Tech 3+11 Laps
NC66. Florian AltSuterOcto IodaRacing Team+16 Laps
NS39. Luis SalomKalexPaginas Amarillas HP 40Non Starter