Johann Zarco looked relaxed as he powered to his seventh win of the season as world champion and held a consistent lead once he hit the front, with a win never looking in doubt once he had mastered the tricky damp conditions that faced the Moto2 class in the Japanese Moto2 Grand Prix.

The Ajo Motorsport man once again showed why he has become world champion this season with a masterful performance around the Twin Ring circuit in the now spitting rain, improving again on his impressive season statistics after starting from pole.

The shortened fifteen lap race saw Jonas Folger blast away from the line to steal first place at the very first corner before Zarco demonstrated great timing, easily finding space to overtake Folger once back in contention allowing the German to enjoy his advantage out front for just five laps.

Zarco then pulled out and maintained a three second gap to the chequered flag. In special title winning helmet and t-shirt with a temporary number one added to his bike he celebrated by doing his now customary back-flip celebration from his Kalex.

AGR man Folger was still happy with second as the weather played it's part in the result with a wheelie over the line, returning to the podium for the third time this season, his other two rostrum visits both being wins.

The podium was completed by fellow countryman and Folger's future team-mate Sandro Cortese who posted his best result of the season for Dynavolt Intact GP after a great battle for position with the very Impressive Azlan Shah.

The Idemitsu rider has shown great improvements to his race craft in the second half of the season and his increasing consistency and wet weather ability was rewarded with a career best fourth place finish.

Fellow Malaysian Hafizh Syahrin was next to cross the finish line in fifth for Petronas Raceline Malaysia, his best finish of the year. At the last round in Aragon their efforts had marked the first time two Malaysian riders had finished in the points in the same intermediate class race with the pair improving on that success already in Japan.

Not to be outdone, Ricky Cardus also put in a career best performance for JPMoto Malaysia in sixth, holding of the advancing Forward bike of Simone Corsi who had to settle for seventh.

The Speed Up struggled in the wet and Sam Lowes did well to make up a place on the final lap for more valuable championship points in eighth, leaving Marcel Schrotter in ninth for Tech3, another season's best performance as the rain shook things up.

Randy Krummenacher was yet another rider to post a best for 2015 in tenth for JiR, Paginas Amarilas HP 40 rookie Alex Rins was a careful and considered eleventh.

The second Forward Racing bike piloted by Lorenzo Baldassarri secured twelfth.

Both of the very experienced Japanese wild-cards finished in the points with Tomoyoshi Koyama 13th and Yuki Takahashi 14th.

Mika Kallio finished 15th for the final point on offer for QMMF racing.

As with Moto3, many of the frontrunners dropped out or back early on. 2014 winner Tom Luthi crashed out of fourth at turn five after just two laps and home hopeful Taka Nakagami lasted just five laps before clipping the slippery paint and leaving the race.

Xavi Vierge, Thitipong Warokorn and Luis Salom all failed to finish.

Louis Rossi had a ride through penalty for a jump start, while after seemingly struggling to start in warm-up Axel Pons was demoted to last place on the grid for an illegal extra sighting lap in warm-up and never recovered.



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