Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport Kalex) completed a remarkable two seasons of domination of the Honda-powered Moto2 series with a hard-fought final victory in the intermediate category. He will commence his MotoGP during testing here on Tuesday.

The Frenchman fought back and forth with up-and-coming Italian Franco Morbidelli (Estrella Galicia 0.0 Marc VDS Kalex) for the first half of the race, with the pair overtaking each other several times each lap. Finally, Zarco’s experience told as Morbidelli had asked too much of his rear tyre. After retaking the lead from Morbidelli at turn six on lap 16, Zarco upped his pace and broke away from his pursuers to win his seventh victory of 2016 by more than three seconds.

Meanwhile Morbidelli fell back into the clutches of class veteran Thomas Luthi (Garage Plus Interwetten Kalex), who took second place on the final lap. Moments later Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex) pounced at the final corner to take fourth place from Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP 40 Kalex). Less than one second separated Morbidelli from Rins in a typically hard-fought race in which all riders use identically prepared Honda CBR600 engines.

Takaaki Nakagami (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia Kalex) was the best of the rest, establishing himself in a strong sixth place, well clear of Mattia Pasini (Italtrans Racing Team Kalex), Jonas Folger (Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex), Danny Kent (Leopard Racing Kalex) and Marcel Schrotter (AGR Team Kalex) who completed the top ten.

Johann Zarco

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1st

“It’s fantastic – I’m really happy to win my final race in Moto2. I was happy to be on pole yesterday, even though I knew Franco and Thomas had a better race pace. I told myself, hey man, just go and enjoy yourself. I didn’t let them go. Franco is a young guy – he’s very aggressive and never gives up, so my congratulations to him for his race. I also want to say thanks to my team who gave me a bike that made me confident to attack. After 15 laps I felt better than ever.”

Ajo Motorsport
Thomas Luthi

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2nd

“It’s great to finish second in the last race and in the championship. I could see Franco had some grip problems towards the end of the race, so I knew that maybe I could catch him. But it wasn’t easy because he was very strong. Anyway, I’m very happy and more motivated than ever for the 2017 season.”

Garage Plus Interwetten
Franco Morbidelli

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3rd

“I had a bit of bad luck this afternoon – I destroyed the rear tyre so it wasn’t at its best during the last few laps. The main thing is that I had a lot of fun fighting for second place all the way to the finish. This is my fifth podium in a row which is great and gives me a lot of motivation for next year. I could chase Zarco at first but as always be was faster in the second half of the race and I could not stay with him.”

EG 0,0 Marc VDS
Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana

Comunitat Valenciana, Spain

Moto2 2016, Round 18

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Sunday 13 Nov 2016, 16:51 UTC
  • Air Temp: 20°C
  • Humidity: 45%
  • Ground Temp: 25°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Johann Zarco 5 FRA 25 Ajo Motorsport Kalex 43'17.626
2 Thomas Luthi 12 SWI 20 Garage Plus Interwetten Kalex +3.281
3 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA 16 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex +4.981
4 Sam Lowes 22 GBR 13 Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex +5.636
5 Alex Rins 40 SPA 11 Paginas Amarillas HP 40 Kalex +5.850
6 Takaaki Nakagami 30 JPN 10 IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex +11.605
7 Mattia Pasini 54 ITA 9 Italtrans Racing Team Kalex +16.391
8 Jonas Folger 94 GER 8 Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex +16.964
9 Danny Kent 52 GBR 7 Leopard Racing Kalex +17.451
10 Marcel Schrotter 23 GER 6 AGR Team Kalex +17.668
11 Simone Corsi 24 ITA 5 Speed Up Racing Speed Up +20.455
12 Xavi Vierge 97 SPA 4 Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 +20.911
13 Miguel Oliveira 44 POR 3 Leopard Racing Kalex +21.650
14 Lorenzo Baldassarri 7 ITA 2 Forward Racing Kalex +22.581
15 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA 1 Petronas Raceline Malaysia Kalex +23.734
16 Xavier Simeon 19 BEL 0 QMMF Racing Team Speed Up +26.328
17 Jesko Raffin 2 SWI 0 Sports-Millions-EMWE-SAG Kalex +29.421
18 Remy Gardner 87 AUS 0 Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 Kalex +29.667
19 Edgar Pons 57 SPA 0 Paginas Amarillas HP 40 Kalex +29.749
20 Ratthapark Wilairot 14 THA 0 IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex +39.289
21 Robin Mulhauser 70 SWI 0 CarXpert Interwetten Kalex +43.105
22 Luca Marini 10 ITA 0 Forward Racing Kalex +43.532
23 Julian Simon 60 SPA 0 QMMF Racing Team Speed Up +51.271
24 Iker Lecuona 27 SPA 0 CarXpert Interwetten Kalex +56.617
NC Alex Marquez 73 SPA 0 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex DNF
NC Isaac Viñales 32 SPA 0 Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 DNF
NC Federico Fuligni 32 ITA 0 Team Ciatti Suter DNF
NC Sandro Cortese 11 GER 0 Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex DNF
NC Axel Pons 49 SPA 0 AGR Team Kalex DNF
Saturday 12 Nov 2016, 16:36 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Johann Zarco 5 FRA Ajo Motorsport Kalex 1'34.879
2 Thomas Luthi 12 SWI Garage Plus Interwetten Kalex +1'34.885
3 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex +1'34.933
4 Mattia Pasini 54 ITA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex +1'35.152
5 Alex Rins 40 SPA Paginas Amarillas HP 40 Kalex +1'35.184
6 Julian Simon 60 SPA QMMF Racing Team Speed Up +1'35.222
7 Sam Lowes 22 GBR Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex +1'35.237
8 Danny Kent 52 GBR Leopard Racing Kalex +1'35.345
9 Takaaki Nakagami 30 JPN IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex +1'35.365
10 Alex Marquez 73 SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex +1'35.368
11 Jonas Folger 94 GER Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex +1'35.403
12 Marcel Schrotter 23 GER AGR Team Kalex +1'35.495
13 Xavier Simeon 19 BEL QMMF Racing Team Speed Up +1'35.517
14 Sandro Cortese 11 GER Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex +1'35.607
15 Miguel Oliveira 44 POR Leopard Racing Kalex +1'35.650
16 Axel Pons 49 SPA AGR Team Kalex +1'35.682
17 Remy Gardner 87 AUS Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 Kalex +1'35.747
18 Luca Marini 10 ITA Forward Racing Kalex +1'35.756
19 Xavi Vierge 97 SPA Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 +1'35.797
20 Edgar Pons 57 SPA Paginas Amarillas HP 40 Kalex +1'35.863
21 Jesko Raffin 2 SWI Sports-Millions-EMWE-SAG Kalex +1'35.923
22 Simone Corsi 24 ITA Speed Up Racing Speed Up +1'35.993
23 Lorenzo Baldassarri 7 ITA Forward Racing Kalex +1'35.995
24 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA Petronas Raceline Malaysia Kalex +1'36.012
25 Ratthapark Wilairot 14 THA IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex +1'36.045
Rider Standings
Sunday, 13 Nov 2016 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Johann ZARCO 5 FRA 276 Ajo Motorsport Kalex
2 Thomas LUTHI 12 SWI 234 Garage Plus Interwetten Kalex
3 Alex RINS 40 SPA 214 Paginas Amarillas HP 40 Kalex
4 Franco MORBIDELLI 21 ITA 213 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex
5 Sam LOWES 22 GBR 175 Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex
6 Takaaki NAKAGAMI 30 JPN 169 IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex
7 Jonas FOLGER 94 GER 167 Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex
8 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI 7 ITA 127 Forward Racing Kalex
9 Hafizh SYAHRIN 55 THA 118 Petronas Raceline Malaysia Kalex
10 Simone CORSI 24 ITA 103 Speed Up Racing Speed Up
11 Mattia PASINI 54 ITA 72 Italtrans Racing Team Kalex
12 Dominique AEGERTER 77 SWI 71 CarXpert Interwetten Kalex
13 Alex MARQUEZ 73 SPA 69 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex
14 Marcel SCHROTTER 23 GER 64 AGR Team Kalex
15 Sandro CORTESE 11 GER 61 Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex
16 Axel PONS 49 SPA 55 AGR Team Kalex
17 Xavier SIMEON 19 BEL 46 QMMF Racing Team Speed Up
18 Julian SIMON 60 SPA 40 QMMF Racing Team Speed Up
19 Luis SALOM 39 SPA 37 SAG Team Kalex
20 Xavi VIERGE 97 SPA 37 Tech 3 Racing Tech 3
21 Miguel OLIVEIRA 44 POR 36 Leopard Racing Kalex
22 Danny KENT 52 GBR 35 Leopard Racing Kalex
23 Luca MARINI 10 ITA 34 Forward Racing Kalex
24 Isaac VIñALES 32 SPA 19 Tech 3 Racing Tech 3
25 Jesko RAFFIN 2 SWI 14 Sports-Millions-EMWE-SAG Kalex
26 Remy GARDNER 87 AUS 8 Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 Kalex
27 Anthony WEST 95 AUS 6 Montaze Broz Racing Team Suter
28 Ratthapark WILAIROT 14 THA 6 IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex
29 Ramdan ROSLI 93 MAL 4 Petronas AHM Malaysia Kalex
30 Robin MULHAUSER 70 SWI 4 CarXpert Interwetten Kalex
31 Edgar PONS 57 SPA 4 Paginas Amarillas HP 40 Kalex
32 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA 45 JPN 2 Ajo Motorsport Kalex