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Hard race for Zarco and Team JiR

  Date: Monday 04 June, 2012
Johann Zarco and his MotoBI that uses GBRacing motorcycle crash protection endured a tough race today at the Catalan GP, where he finished in 11th place.

After Fridayís excellent showing where he was battling with the top five in Free Practice the 21-year-old Frenchman had a tough qualifying yesterday and a similarly difficult 23 lap race of the Barcelona circuit today.

After narrowly avoiding the first-lap crash of compatriot Mike di Meglio, Johann worked hard to stay in the pack battling for sixth place, but for some reason the MotoBI rider found it hard to make fast, consistent times so decided to play it safe and bring home his MotoBI well inside the points.

At the front of the race the crowd enjoyed a scintillating battle between Andrea Iannone, Thomas Luthi, Marc Marquez and Pol Espargaro. The race was won by Ianonne, from Luthi and Marquez. Luthi now leads the Moto2 World Championship and Team JiRís Zarco is in ninth place in the standings.

Johann Zarco: ď Iím not so happy with an 11th place finish, really. The race was very difficult for us. On the first lap there was a big crash and I narrowly avoided it and made up some places from 14th on the grid, but it was difficult to make the times compared to practice on Friday when we did so well, Iím not sure why. Perhaps it was something to do with what happened in the warm-up this morning. We had a problem with the clutch then and had to change it in time for the race. From then I didnít have such a good feeling with my MotoBI, so my pace had gone from 47.5 to around the 1m 48s lap time area. We were in a group fighting for sixth and seventh but it was difficult to follow them and keep with them. Rather than fight hard and risk a crash, I decided to stay on the bike and take points for 11th place overall. While we may have had a problem today, we must be positive. We will do our best to find a solution to this, but then also look at how good our pace was on Friday when we were easily fighting with the top five.Ē

Catalan GP final classification: 1. Andrea IANNONE 41í16.852 2. Thomas LUTHI +0.083 3. Marc MARQUEZ + 1.137 4. Esteve RABAT +12.156 5. Simone CORSI +14.226 11. Johann ZARCO +17.298

World Championship classification after GP of Catalunya: 1. LUTHI Thomas - 88 2. MARQUEZ Marc - 86 3. ESPARGARO Pol - 71 4. IANNONE Andrea - 71 5. REDDING Scott - 50 6. KALLIO Mika - 40 7. CORTI Claudio - 35 8. RABAT Esteve - 31 9. ZARCO Johann - 28 10. SMITH Bradley - 28