ZARCO CRIES HIS WAY TO HISTORIC MOTO2 CROWN
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!”