News 9 Oct 2015

Zarco crowned Moto2 World Champion in Japan

Exit of Tito Rabat hands Ajo Motorsport rider 2015 title.

Source: Supplied.

Source: Supplied.

Ajo Motorsport rider Johann Zarco was proclaimed Moto2 World Champion 2015 on the opening day of the Japanese Grand Prix today.

The retirement through injury after FP1 of his only title rival Tito Rabat, combined with a 78-point lead in the overall standings, enabled him to clinch the title mathematically.

It is the crowning moment of a dream season for the Frenchman and for the Ajo Motorsport structure, which debuted in the class in 2015.

“It’s fantastic; it’s a dream come true to be Moto2 World Champion,” Zarco explained. “Now it is time to be calm and we will leave celebrating until Sunday after the race, because now we have to think about this grand prix, but I’m very happy.

“I did not expect things to go this way and I feel bad for Tito. I hope he recovers soon. It has been a spectacular season, and we have always been fighting for the win at every race. If we haven’t got it, we have always been very close.

“The work we have done has been great and the atmosphere in the team has been fundamental. In 2011 I had experienced my best year in the world championship with Ajo Motorsport and I knew that if I wanted to show my top form again, we should get back together.

“This year we were able to work together again and, thanks to my experience and the passion for winning that they have, we have been able to finish the job we started in 2011.

“I want to thank all the whole team, Aki [Ajo], Laurent [Fellon] and his family, my family and friends, the partners and all who have helped me. Hopefully on Sunday we can celebrate the title with a victory.”

In 2011, in the 125cc class, Zarco took at Motegi his first grand prix victory under the Ajo Motorsport banner. It was an unforgettable year that allowed him to fight for the world title, eventually finishing runner-up.

Four years later, the Frenchman wanted to repeat the experience and return to a team with whom he had shown his best form. The title this season is Ajo Motorsport’s fourth world championship after three in 125cc/Moto3 (2008, 2010 and 2012).

With 284 points from 14 rounds and 78 points clear of his nearest rival, Zarco also set a record of 12 consecutive Moto2 podiums this season – six of them victories.

Zarco is the first Frenchman to win the Moto2 title and the fourth to win the intermediate category. Never before has a Frenchman achieved three consecutive victories in the world championship, or six wins in a single year.

Zarco did not want to lose sight of the job at hand this weekend, and was second fastest in the first free practice session and then was quickest in the afternoon session.