29 July 2015
Moto2: Zarco: Title advantage incredible at half-way point
'I will keep fighting for wins and I will have to be thinking about the title without taking many risks and control the situation' - Johann Zarco.
Ajo Motorsport's Johann Zarco has opened a commanding lead at the top of the Moto2 World Championship this season and the French rider is taking his stunning run of consistency in his stride.
Zarco has finished on the podium in eight of the nine races so far, winning three times on the Kalex to stake his claim for the title with 65 points in hand over nearest challenger Tito Rabat.
The Cannes man, though, concedes that luck has also been on his side as he targets more success following the conclusion of the summer break when the series resumes next weekend at Indianapolis in the USA.
“I can't say I'm surprised, but I'm happy because we've reached the summer break with a 65-point advantage, and that's incredible,” said Zarco.
“Moreover, in the last race I had some luck and Tito Rabat fell on the last lap. Now it's time to enjoy ourselves without thinking that all our work has been done, because it has not. There's a long way to go and anything can happen.
“I am very happy with the performance of the bike. I have a good feeling and the team have improved a lot. They have given me a good bike, they help me to always be fighting for wins, and that's very important when you want to compete for the world title,” he added.
“I would like to maintain this level in the second half of the season. I'm ready to continue adding victories and good results.”
Zarco is still focused on winning races rather than managing his points advantage, although he acknowledges the importance of 'being smart' in the second part of the season.
“The goal is still to win. A winning mentality is very important if you want to do a good job during the weekend and be ready for the race,” he added on the official MotoGP website.
“Of course, I must be smart in the remaining races and try not to make mistakes or crash. I will keep fighting for wins and I will have to be thinking about the title without taking many risks and control the situation.
“You can think of the World Championship closer to the end of the season, but not at the beginning of this second half.”
Looking ahead to Indianapolis, Zarco describes the American venue as a circuit at which he has not enjoyed the best results in the past, however he is optimistic he can change his fortunes next weekend at the Brickyard.
“We'll start back at Indianapolis, a circuit at which I don't usually get good results, although I think this year I can do well with this bike,” he said.
“Then we will go to Brno, which is a spectacular circuit. Next it's on to Silverstone and then Misano, which I really like. I think I can be stronger than my rivals over the next few races.”
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