Moto2

Zarco reigns the Red Bull Ring with historic victory

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Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) took the the Moto2 victory at the Red Bull Ring after the reigning Champion crowned a weekend of supremacy with a historic win, with Franco Morbidelli (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) back on the podium in second and the rostrum completed by a charging Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP40).

It was an Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 1-1 over the line at the end of Lap 1, as Morbidelli got the best start from second and Alex Marquez leapt up from a fifth grid spot to tail his teammate. After contact between Zarco and Marquez with an aggressive move from the reigning champion, the lead group became a 5-way battle with Morbidelli leading Schrotter, Luthi and Zarco. The points leader remained patient however and came through to the lead with nine laps to go, leaving the group to fight over who would complete the first podium at the Red Bull Ring.

Zarco played his hand perfectly after losing the lead into turn 1, as the Frenchman stayed patient and used his unique mixture of aggression and patience to make his way through. Pushing Alex Marquez wide as he began his assault, the Ajo Motorsport rider kept his focus throughout the fight for the lead, before breaking away with 9 laps to go and heading over the line to take another incredible victory ‰ÛÒ making him the most successful French rider in world championship history.

Second man Franco Morbidelli was the early leader of the race after a fantastic start, and the Italian rider fought hard to stay in contention as Zarco passed him and began to pull away. Taking second back from Luthi on the final lap, Morbidelli then put his head down and headed for the line to get back on the rostrum and convert his qualifying position into 20 well-earned points.

Alex Rins had a difficult qualifying and looked well out of podium contention for most of the early laps, before managing to find his way past Alex Marquez and setting off in pursuit of the front group. Zoning in on the front three as the last lap approached, Rins then took an incredible podium finish in the last corner, denying Swiss rival Tom Luthi the rostrum in the final few meters of the race.

There were impressive performances from Marcel Shrotter (AGR Team), who got his best result to date, and Alex Marquez. The German completed the top 5 after keeping Rins honest for a lot of the race and then enjoyed a front row seat for the last corner clash between the Spaniard and Swiss rival Luthi, and Alex Marquez converted his best ever qualifying in Moto2 into a sixth finish after fighting at the front. The 2014 Moto3 world champion has come back from the summer break reloaded, relaxed and ready to recover the form that saw him take his place in history in the lower category ‰ÛÒ including a nostalgic battle with former Moto3 teammate Alex Rins in Austria.

It was a bad day at the office for Championship hopeful Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) as the British rider crashed out of contention, opening the door for Zarco and Rins to gain a big margin over him in the points ‰ÛÒ after remounting, the Brit then suffered another crash at the same corner after his handlebar broke.

Moto2 will be back on track at Brno next weekend, for another thrilling battle as Zarco lays down the challenge.

Moto2 Results: Austrian GP
1. Johann Zarco FRA Ajo Motorsport (Kalex) 37m 34.180s
2. Franco Morbidelli ITA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (Kalex) 37m 37.238s
3. Alex Rins SPA Paginas Amarillas HP 40 (Kalex) 37m 37.556s
4. Thomas Luthi SWI Garage Plus Interwetten (Kalex) 37m 37.647s
5. Marcel Schrotter GER AGR Team (Kalex) 37m 38.920s
6. Alex Marquez SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (Kalex) 37m 43.596s
7. Takaaki Nakagami JPN IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia (Kalex) 37m 44.358s
8. Lorenzo Baldassarri ITA Forward Team (Kalex) 37m 46.131s
9. Axel Pons SPA AGR Team (Kalex) 37m 46.981s
10. Dominique Aegerter SWI CarXpert Interwetten (Kalex) 37m 48.157s
11. Sandro Cortese GER Dynavolt Intact GP (Kalex) 37m 52.226s
12. Danny Kent GBR Leopard Racing (Kalex) 37m 52.464s
13. Mattia Pasini ITA Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 37m 52.604s
14. Miguel Oliveira POR Leopard Racing (Kalex) 37m 53.010s
15. Julian Simon SPA QMMF Racing Team (Speed Up) 37m 54.202s
16. Xavi Vierge SPA Tech 3 Racing (Tech 3) 38m 3.065s
17. Luca Marini ITA Forward Team (Kalex) 38m 3.150s
18. Isaac Vi̱ales SPA Tech 3 Racing (Tech 3) 38m 3.212s
19. Remy Gardner AUS Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 (Kalex) 38m 3.295s
20. Edgar Pons SPA Paginas Amarillas HP 40 (Kalex) 38m 3.604s
21. Hafizh Syahrin MAL Petronas Raceline Malaysia (Kalex) 38m 4.157s
22. Ratthapark Wilairot THA IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia (Kalex) 38m 12.115s
23. Xavier Simeon BEL QMMF Racing Team (Speed Up) 38m 17.456s
24. Jesko Raffin SWI Sports-Millions-EMWE-SAG (Kalex) 38m 18.386s
25. Robin Mulhauser SWI CarXpert Interwetten (Kalex) 38m 23.015s
26. Jonas Folger GER Dynavolt Intact GP (Kalex) 38m 46.328s
DNF Simone Corsi ITA Speed Up Racing (Speed Up)
DNF Sam Lowes GBR Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 (Kalex)

Moto2 Championship Standings
1 Johann ZARCO Kalex FRA 176 Points
2 Alex RINS Kalex SPA 142 Points
3 Sam LOWES Kalex GBR 121 Points
4 Thomas LUTHI Kalex SWI 106 Points
5 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex JPN 92 Points
6 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex ITA 86 Points
7 Jonas FOLGER Kalex GER 83 Points
8 Dominique AEGERTER Kalex SWI 71 Points
9 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex MAL 69 Points
10 Simone CORSI Speed Up ITA 59 Points
11 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex ITA 55 Points
12 Axel PONS Kalex SPA 41 Points
13 Luis SALOM Kalex SPA 37 Points
14 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex GER 33 Points
15 Mattia PASINI Kalex ITA 30 Points
16 Xavier SIMEON Speed Up BEL 28 Points
17 Julian SIMON Speed Up SPA 27 Points
18 Miguel OLIVEIRA Kalex POR 26 Points
19 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex SPA 23 Points
20 Luca MARINI Kalex ITA 20 Points
21 Sandro CORTESE Kalex GER 20 Points
22 Danny KENT Kalex GBR 18 Points
23 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex SWI 10 Points
24 Isaac VIÌÔALES Tech 3 SPA 10 Points
25 Remy GARDNER Kalex AUS 5 Points
26 Robin MULHAUSER Kalex SWI 4 Points
27 Ratthapark WILAIROT Kalex THA 3 Points
28 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 SPA 3 Points
29 Edgar PONS Kalex SPA 2 Points

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