Johann Zarco says winning the Moto2 World Championship is a 'dream come true' following title rival Tito Rabat's withdrawal from the Japanese round at Motegi.

Zarco's title celebrations were put on hold when Rabat won last time out at Aragon, but the reigning champion has been forced out through injury after FP1.

Rabat sustained a fracture to the radius bone in his left arm during a training accident at Almeria and underwent surgery on Monday.

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His decision to sit out Sunday's race has put the championship mathematically beyond doubt, with Zarco holding a lead of 78 points with four races to go.

"It's fantastic, it's a dream come true to be Moto2 World Champion," said Frenchman Zarco.

"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 [Rabat]. 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," he added.

"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."

Zarco says the experience he garnered from the 2011 season in the 125cc class stood him in good stead as he 'finished the job' he had started with Ajo Motorsport four years ago.

"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," he said.

"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."