Johann Zarco Ends His Moto2 Career With A Dominant Win

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Ajo Motorsports rider Johann Zarco took a dominant victory in the grand finale of the Moto2 season at Valencia. He fought Franco Morbidelli in the opening laps of the race and then pulled out a massive gap in the latter stages.

Johann Zarco Ends His Moto2 Career With A Dominant Win

The Frenchman started the race from pole position. Zarco, Morbidelli, Thomas Luthi and Alex Rins soon pulled out a gap from the rest of the field. In that early breakaway group, the fierce battle was between Zarco and Morbidelli.

Johann Zarco Ends His Moto2 Career With A Dominant Win

As the race reached the halfway point, Marc VDS rider Morbidelli was no match for the two-time Moto2 champion Zarco. So, the Italian continued to maintain his rhythm for the podium.

Johann Zarco Ends His Moto2 Career With A Dominant Win

Zarco took his seventh victory of the season and the Valencia GP was his last race. For 2017, he will be riding for the Tech 3 Yamaha in the MotoGP class.

Johann Zarco Ends His Moto2 Career With A Dominant Win

After the race, Zarco commented, "I knew Tom and Franco were even stronger than me on pace, so I had to attack at the beginning and not let them get a good speed.

Johann Zarco Ends His Moto2 Career With A Dominant Win

"I was good enough on the bike to attack and overtake, and I knew that after 15 laps I would come better. And this is exactly what happened, so the strategy worked really well."

Johann Zarco Ends His Moto2 Career With A Dominant Win

At the start of the final lap, Luthi made his move on Morbidelli to claim the second spot. This result granted him the runner-up spot in the championship.

Johann Zarco Ends His Moto2 Career With A Dominant Win

Morbidelli had to settle for the third place and took his sixth podium in the last seven races of the 2016 Moto2 championship.

Johann Zarco Ends His Moto2 Career With A Dominant Win

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Story first published: Monday, November 14, 2016, 13:06 [IST]
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