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French­man Jo­hann Zarco has be­come the first rider in the his­tory of the Moto2 class to suc­cess­fully de­fend his crown, pulling to­gether an in­cred­i­bly strong week­end in Malaysia af­ter a some­what shaky few rounds.

Know­ing that a podium fin­ish ahead of Alex Rins and Thomas Luthi would do, Zarco in­stead opted to oblit­er­ate the field first in qual­i­fy­ing and then in the race.

Tak­ing pole by a huge 2.2 sec­onds (a record for the mod­ern era) he then showed just how much pace he had in the race by rid­ing away from early leader Franco Mor­bidelli for a clear race win – and a sec­ond ti­tle that he told MCN af­ter­wards gave him much more sat­is­fac­tion that the 2015 crown.

“This year was much more emo­tional – I tried not to cry too much but I failed! Last year, I had time to ac­cept be­com­ing cham­pion, and was able to stay re­laxed. Sun­day was more dif­fi­cult, be­cause the cham­pi­onship was only de­cided when I crossed the fin­ish line.

“I had time to do a nice wheelie, then once the front wheel hit the ground all the emo­tion came out, be­cause it’s been a dif­fi­cult year and I’m just re­lieved to have the pres­sure lifted. The next two weeks will be a lot more re­laxed now I’m al­ready the cham­pion!”

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