2015 Assen Moto2 Results – Zarco Tops Reigning Champ Rabat

2015 Assen Moto2 Results - Zarco Tops Reigning Champ Rabat
Johann Zarco

2015 Assen Moto2 Results

2015 Assen Moto2 Results - Zarco Tops Reigning Champ Rabat
Johann Zarco

Round eight of the 2015 Moto2 Championship at the TT Circuit Assen began under the worst possible condition – a first-lap red flag.

The frowned-upon waving red at 2015 Assen Moto2 was due to an incident involving Marcel Schrotter, Anthony West and Luis Salom. The latter crashed hard, and his Paginas Amarillas HP40 Kalex caught on fire and spewed oil on the 2.82-mile Assen TT Circuit in the Netherlands, which ultimately caused the red flag. Salom would suffer a DNF. West would restart, but suffer a crash with Lorenzo Baldassari five laps into the restarted race.

After the restart, 2015 Assen Moto2 came down to a battle between the man leading the points heading into the Dutch TT Moto2 event – Ajo Motorsport’s Johann Zarco – and the reigning Moto2 Champion, Marc VDS Racing’s Esteve “Tito” Rabat.

And when 2015 Assen Moto2 wrapped up, Zarco would retain – and extend – his points lead. The Frenchman would earn his third win of 2015 Moto2, and finish 0.757 of a second ahead of Rabat. Taking the final podium finish 2.080 behind Zarco was Speed Up Racing’s Sam Lowes.

Starting from pole, Zarco had some issues and feel back a few positions. AGR Team’s Jonas Folger took the holeshot, and immediately opened a lead on the man in second, Rabat.

But Zarco was already challenging Rabat on lap four of 2015 Assen Moto2, and the two made contact, pushing Zarco wide. These gave Rabat some breathing room as he chased down Folger and took the lead on lap 8. But a few moments later Zarco would do the same, and began chasing down Rabat.

When Zarco passed Folger for second, Rabat was 0.5 of a second ahead. But with three laps remaining, Zarco caught up and gave Rabat a small “nudge” as he took the lead. He immediately opened a gap and would take the win 2015 Assen Moto2 by 0.757 of a second. Lowes would battle his was to third, finishing 2.080 seconds back.

Paginas Amarillas HP40’s Alex Rins finished fourth, 3.738 seconds behind Zarco. Derendinger Racing Interwetten Kalex’s Thomas Luthi earned fifth, 4.530 second back, and Federal Oil Gresini Moto2’s Xavier Simeon sixth, 5.045 seconds adrift.

Folger faded to seventh, followed by Italtrans Racing Team’s Mika Kallio, Marc VDS Racing’s Alex Marquez, and Athina Forward Racing’s Simone Corsi.

Louis Rossi, Ricky Cardus and Florian Alt also recorded DNF’s, with Luis Salom not able to take his place on the grid for the re-started race due to the damage to his bike from the red flag incident.

Following 2015 Assen Moto2 Zarco now has 159 pints, and events his lead to 45 points ahead of Rabat. Lowes is in third with 96 points.

The series now breaks for two weeks before heading to Sachsenring in Germany for round nine of 18.

2015 Assen Moto2 Results

1 25 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Ajo Motorsport Kalex 166.2 26’13.410
2 20 1 Tito RABAT SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex 166.1 +0.757
3 16 22 Sam LOWES GBR Speed Up Racing Speed Up 166.0 +2.080
4 13 40 Alex RINS SPA Paginas Amarillas HP 40 Kalex 165.8 +3.738
5 11 12 Thomas LUTHI SWI Derendinger Racing Interwetten Kalex 165.7 +4.530
6 10 19 Xavier SIMEON BEL Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex 165.7 +5.045
7 9 94 Jonas FOLGER GER AGR Team Kalex 165.6 +6.140
8 8 36 Mika KALLIO FIN Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 165.4 +8.105
9 7 73 Alex MARQUEZ SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex 165.3 +8.376
10 6 3 Simone CORSI ITA Athinà Forward Racing Kalex 165.2 +9.670
11 5 60 Julian SIMON SPA QMMF Racing Team Speed Up 165.0 +11.749
12 4 77 Dominique AEGERTER SWI Technomag Racing Interwetten Kalex 164.4 +17.537
13 3 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex 164.3 +18.104
14 2 4 Randy KRUMMENACHER SWI JIR Racing Team Kalex 164.1 +20.468
15 1 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN MAL Petronas Raceline Malaysia Kalex 164.0 +20.894
16 25 Azlan SHAH MAL IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex 163.9 +22.405
17 11 Sandro CORTESE GER Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex 163.8 +22.930
18 23 Marcel SCHROTTER GER Tech 3 Tech 3 163.6 +25.663
19 21 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 163.0 +30.931
20 70 Robin MULHAUSER SWI Technomag Racing Interwetten Kalex 162.6 +35.014
21 2 Jesko RAFFIN SWI sports-millions-EMWE-SAG Kalex 162.6 +35.289
22 49 Axel PONS SPA AGR Team Kalex 161.6 +44.794
23 10 Thitipong WAROKORN THA APH PTT The Pizza SAG Kalex 161.3 +47.633
24 15 Ratthapark WILAIROT THA JPMoto Malaysia Suter 160.7 +54.049
25 13 Jasper IWEMA NED Abbink GP Speed Up 159.1 +1’10.079
Not Classified
7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI ITA Athinà Forward Racing Kalex 164.4 5 Laps
95 Anthony WEST AUS QMMF Racing Team Speed Up 164.3 5 Laps
96 Louis ROSSI FRA Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 Tech 3 162.3 7 Laps
88 Ricard CARDUS SPA Tech 3 Tech 3 162.2 11 Laps
Not Finished 1st Lap
66 Florian ALT GER E-Motion IodaRacing Team Suter 0 Lap
Not Starting
39 Luis SALOM SPA Paginas Amarillas HP 40 Kalex 0 Lap