Sachsenring Moto2 2015 Results

Sachsenring Moto2 2015 Results | Simeon Claims Debut Win
Xavier Simeon at Sachsenring Moto2 2015

For the first time of his six-year Moto2 career, the Belgian Federal Oil Gresini pilot Xavier Simeon claimed victory. Simeon fought hard with Ajo Motorsports Johann Zarco for the victory, eventually earning his debut Moto2 win ahead of Zarco by a mere 0.083 of a second.

Taking the final podium was Paginas Amarillas HP 40’s Alex Rins, who finished in a lonely third, 1.646 seconds behind Simeon and nearly five seconds ahead of fourth-place finisher Simone Corsi on the Athina Forward Racing Honda.

The reigning Moto2 Champion, Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Racing’s Tito Rabat, was in contention for third, but was taken out on the final lap by Franco Morbidelli (Italtrans Racing Team) at turn 13. Both riders suffered DNFs as the 25-year-old Simeon took the win.

“I’m so happy! We did a good time in qualifying and I knew I was consistently fast, but we had to think very hard about tyre choice because the two different tires we could use were very similar,” Simeon says following Sachsenring Moto2 2015.

Sachsenring Moto2 crash 2015 Results | Simeon Claims Debut Win
Tito Rabat and Morbidelli crash

“We changed at the last minute on the grid and that was the key – at the end of the race I could push just as hard as at the beginning. In the early laps there were some big battles, so I took it a bit easy, then when I saw Johann going away I passed Morbidelli and pushed so hard to make sure Johann couldn’t get way. Then I knew I could win, if I rode at 200 percent and made no mistakes.”

Ahead of Sachsenring Moto2 2015, Zarco earned his third-straight pole. But when the race began, he dropped to third at turn one, passed Morbidelli. But Zarco quickly regained the lead.

Most riders during Sachsenring Moto2 2015 were on a medium front tire, but Morbidelli was on a soft option. This came into play as the race went on; he challenged Zarco for the first half, but his tire began to wear and he was passed by Simeon at turn 12 with nine laps remaining.

Simeon began pushing, and passed Zarco with four laps to go. Zarco would remain right on Simeon’s exhaust, but couldn’t make a pass for the win. Simeon became the first Belgian to win a World Championship race since 1983.

”I made a good race and a good pace, I was confident because my bike was very good all weekend. A lot of times in the past I’ve started from the first row but I didn’t take the opportunity to get on the podium, so this time I thought ok, I’ll take it,” Simeon says.

Fourth-place Corsi finished ahead of Speed Up Racing’s Sam Lowes and Derendinger Racing Interwetten’s Thomas Luthi in fifth and sixth, respectively. Rounding out the top 10 at Sachsenring Moto2 2015 were Takaaki Nakagami (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia), Lorenzo Baldassarri (Athiná Forward Racing), Julián Simón (QMMF Racing Team) and Dominique Aegerter (Technomag Racing Interwetten).

Moto2 now breaks for four weeks ahead of round 10 of 18 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Sachsenring Moto2 2015 Results:

1 Xavier Simeon 41’09.295 GER HONDA Federal Oil Gresini Moto2
2 Johann Zarco 0.083 FRA HONDA Ajo Motorsport
3 Alex Rins 1.646 ESP HONDA Paginas Amarillas HP 40
4 Simone Corsi 6.386 ITA HONDA Athina Forward Racing
5 Sam Lowes 9.284 GBR HONDA Speed Up Racing
6 Thomas Luthi 10.432 SWI HONDA Derendinger Racing Interwetten
7 Takaaki Nakagima 10.592 JPN HONDA Idemitsu Honda Team Asia
8 Lorenzo Baldassarri 12.518 ITA HONDA Athina Forward Racing
9 Julian Simon 14.862 SPA HONDA QMMF Racing Team
10 Dominique Aegerter 14.953 SWI HONDA Technomag Racing Interwetten
11 Sandro Cortese 17.529 GER HONDA Dynavolt Intact GP
12 Mika Kallio 18.820 FIN HONDA Italtrans Racing Team
13 Randy Krummenacher 21.849 SWI HONDA JIR Moto2
14 Jonas Folger 22.362 GER HONDA AGR Team
15 Axel Pons 23.275 SPA HONDA AGR Team
16 Hafizh Syahrin 23.429 MAL HONDA Petronas Raceline Malaysia
17 Luis Salom 28.507 ESP HONDA Paginas Amarillas HP 40
18 Alex Marquez 32.740 ESP HONDA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS
19 Ricard Cardus 33.465 ESP HONDA Tech 3
20 Robin Mulhauser 33.508 SWI HONDA Technomag Racing Interwetten
21 Jesko Raffin 55.191 SWI HONDA Emwe SAG team
22 Thitipong Warokorn 57.449 THA HONDA APH PTT The Pizza SAG

Moto2 Point Standings (after nine of 18 rounds):

1 Johann Zarco 179 pts FRA HONDA Ajo Motorsport
2 Esteve Rabat 114 pts ESP HONDA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS
3 Sam Lowes 107 pts GBR HONDA Speed Up Racing
4 Alex Rins 103 pts ESP HONDA Paginas Amarillas HP 40
5 Thomas Luthi 99 pts SWI HONDA Derendinger Racing Interwetten
6 Xavier Simeon 84 pts GER HONDA Federal Oil Gresini Moto2
7 Jonas Folger 77 pts GER HONDA AGR Team
8 Franco Morbidelli 62 pts ITA HONDA Italtrans Racing Team
9 Julian Simon 47 pts SPA HONDA QMMF Racing Team
10 Mika Kallio 47 pts FIN HONDA Italtrans Racing Team
11 Dominique Aegerter 43 pts SWI HONDA Technomag Racing Interwetten
12 Lorenzo Baldassarri 37 pts ITA HONDA Athina Forward Racing
13 Luis Salom 36 pts ESP HONDA Paginas Amarillas HP 40
14 Sandro Cortese 35 pts GER HONDA Dynavolt Intact GP
15 Simone Corsi 35 pts ITA HONDA Athina Forward Racing
16 Hafizh Syahrin 34 pts MAL HONDA Petronas Raceline Malaysia
17 Takaaki Nakagima 32 pts JPN HONDA Idemitsu Honda Team Asia
18 Alex Marquez 30 pts ESP HONDA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS
19 Anthony West 17 pts AUS HONDA QMMF Racing Team
20 Randy Krummenacher 13 pts SWI HONDA JIR Moto2
21 Marcel Schrotter 12 pts GER HONDA Tech 3
22 Axel Pons 9 pts SPA HONDA AGR Team
23 Louis Rossi 7 pts FRA HONDA Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2
24 Azlan Shah 1 pts MAL HONDA Idemitsu Honda Team Asia
25 Edgar Pons 0 pts ESP HONDA Paginas Amarillas HP 40
26 Zaqhwan Zaidi 0 pts THA HONDA JPMoto Malaysia
27 Thitipong Warokorn 0 pts THA HONDA APH PTT The Pizza SAG
28 Robin Mulhauser 0 pts SWI HONDA Technomag Racing Interwetten
29 Ricard Cardus 0 pts ESP HONDA Tech 3
30 Mattia Pasini 0 pts ITA HONDA Athina Forward Racing
31 Jesko Raffin 0 pts SWI HONDA Emwe SAG team
32 Florian Alt 0 pts GER HONDA Octo Iodaracing Team

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