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Johann Zarco Crowned Moto2 World Champion With 7th Win of 2015

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Johann Zarco Crowned Moto2 World Champion With 7th Win of 2015
Two days after being crowned 2015 Moto2 World Champion, Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport Kalex) proved his talent once again today with his seventh victory of 2015 in the Honda CBR600-powered series.

The Frenchman was handed the title on Friday when his only challenger, 2015 champion Tito Rabat (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex), withdrew from the Japanese Grand Prix due to the broken arm he sustained in a testing crash in Spain on Monday.

However, this was anything but an easy win for Zarco. The race ‰ÛÒ shortened from 23 laps to 15 due to a late start to the day caused by inclement weather ‰ÛÒ started on a damp track which claimed many victims. Zarco took the lead on the fifth lap from Jonas Folger (AGR Team Kalex) who gave chase but could never quite match the pace of the newly crowned champ. Finally the German crossed the line 4.5 seconds down.

With Zarco and Folger well ahead, the interest centred on a thrilling duel for the final place on the podium between former Moto3 champion Sandro Cortese (Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex) and Azlan Shah (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia Kalex). Cortese had been 11th on the first lap but he aggressively chased down his Malaysian rival, passing him on the penultimate lap. This was Cortese‰Ûªs first podium of the season.

The pair were chased over the line by Hafizh Syahrin (Petronas Raceline Malaysia Kalex), Ricky Cardus (JPMoto Malaysia Suter), Simone Corsi (Forward Racing Kalex), Sam Lowes (Speed Up Racing Speed Up), Marcel Schrotter (Tech 3 Tech 3) and tenth-placed Randy Krummenacher (JIR Moto2 Kalex).

‰ÛÏI won the title on Friday but I wanted to stay focused to do what I came here to do ‰ÛÒ to win." Zarco said. "The team worked hard to prepare for the race, then finally it was raining so they had to prepare the bike again for a wet track.

"Folger was strong. I wanted to follow him, then the track was drying so I felt I should go. It‰Ûªs safer that way. I had to keep my focus because I didn‰Ûªt want any mistakes. In wet conditions things can happen very suddenly." Zarco added.

Race Results
1 Johann Zarco 31'17.900 FRA HONDA Ajo Motorsport
2 Jonas Folger 4.505 GER HONDA AGR Team
3 Sandro Cortese 15.433 GER HONDA Dynavolt Intact GP
4 Azlan Shah 17.348 MAL HONDA Idemitsu Honda Team Asia
5 Hafizh Syahrin 22.858 MAL HONDA Petronas Raceline Malaysia
6 Ricard Cardus 24.970 ESP HONDA Tech 3
7 Simone Corsi 25.759 ITA HONDA Athina Forward Racing
8 Sam Lowes 27.024 GBR HONDA Speed Up Racing
9 Marcel Schrotter 27.485 GER HONDA Tech 3
10 Randy Krummenacher 28.062 SWI HONDA JIR Moto2
11 Alex Rins 30.768 ESP HONDA Paginas Amarillas HP 40
12 Lorenzo Baldassarri 32.685 ITA HONDA Athina Forward Racing
13 Tomoyoshi Koyama 33.995 JPN NTS NTS T.Pro Project
14 Yuki Takahashi 36.582 JPN MORIWAKI Moriwaki Racing
15 Mika Kallio 43.672 FIN HONDA Italtrans Racing Team

Championship standings
1 Johann Zarco 309 pts
2 Esteve Rabat 206 pts
3 Alex Rins 189 pts
4 Sam Lowes 152 pts
5 Jonas Folger 145 pts
6 Thomas Luthi 142 pts
7 Xavier Simeon 96 pts
8 Franco Morbidelli 84 pts
9 Sandro Cortese 78 pts
10 Simone Corsi 69 pts
11 Takaaki Nakagima 69 pts
12 Alex Marquez 62 pts
13 Dominique Aegerter 62 pts
14 Julian Simon 58 pts
15 Hafizh Syahrin 56 pts

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