2015 Barcelona Moto2 Race Result: A Last-Lap Lunge

Results Below:

Johann Zarco made up two positions in a frantic last lap to take his second win of the year Sunday at the Catalunya circuit in Spain. Moto2 rookie Alex Rins, who entered the final lap in third place, seized second with Tito Rabat grabbing the final podium spot after leading into the final lap.

Sam Lowes finished a lonely fourth place. Luis Salom just managed fifth in front of a hard-charging Thomas Luthi (6th). Jonas Folger, race winner at the last Spanish contest at Jerez, held on for seventh. Franco Morbidelli (8th) and Dominique Aegerter (9th) crossed the line nearly neck-and-neck with Lorenzo Baldassarrijust behind them to round out the top 10. 

Rabat, last year's champion, led the race in the final laps but could not pull any distance from Rins and Zarco who were right on his tail. On the final lap, Rins ran slightly wide and allow Zarco through and into second. The pole-sitter immediately latched onto Rabat's tail. Rabat then also ran slightly wide and slipped into second under pressure from Zarco. As Rabat pursued Zarco, he again ran wide and allowed Rins through. 

Zarco leads the championship.

Result:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time / Diff
1 5 Johann ZARCO Kalex 41'15.487
2 40 Alex RINS Kalex 0.426
3 1 Tito RABAT Kalex 1.115
4 22 Sam LOWES Speed Up 3.914
5 39 Luis SALOM Kalex 7.08
6 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 7.383
7 94 Jonas FOLGER Kalex 8.839
8 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 10.352
9 77 Dominique AEGERTER Kalex 10.638
10 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 10.73
11 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 11.052
12 36 Mika KALLIO Kalex 16.338
13 3 Simone CORSI Kalex 16.649
14 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 19.584
15 60 Julian SIMON Speed Up 19.657
16 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Tech 3 19.966
17 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 27.233
18 4 Randy KRUMMENACHER Kalex 30.281
19 25 Azlan SHAH Kalex 30.344
20 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 39.906
21 66 Florian ALT Suter 43.463
22 95 Anthony WEST Speed Up 43.641
23 96 Louis ROSSI Tech 3 44.849
24 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 48.202
25 10 Thitipong WAROKORN Kalex +1'01.457
26 93 Ramdan ROSLI Kalex +1'07.876
Not Classified
  88 Ricard CARDUS Tech 3 6 Laps
  15 Ratthapark WILAIROT Suter 14 Laps
  70 Robin MULHAUSER Kalex 16 Laps
Not Finished 1st Lap
  11 Sandro CORTESE Kalex 0 Lap
  49 Axel PONS Kalex 0 Lap
  19 Xavier SIMEON Kalex 0 Lap
Round Number: 
7
2015
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Comments

Zarco's Catalunya performance reminds me of Rossi's successful pursuit of Marquez at Argentina earlier this year. He came from way back, riding with calculated aggression, and then sliced his way through the leading pack when the surgeon's scalpel was required. Zarco's one to watch - hope he gets a decent ride with the big boys next year.