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SHARK-PROTECTED ZARCO ON THE PODIUM AT JEREZ – 03/04/2011

Johann Zarco on his way to a third place finish

Frenchman Johann Zarco finished the second race of the 125cc World Championship at Jerez this weekend on the third step of the podium. The thrilling race got underway in damp, patchy conditions with all riders starting on wet tyres. It became much tougher with the rain becoming stronger midway through the race leading to many accidents.

20-year-old Zarco had been involved in an intense flight with pole sitter Sandro Cortese, and fellow SHARK-supported Efren Vazquez. Cortese fell in the battle for third place and Vazquez suffered a similar fate as he also ended up in the gravel but was able to rejoin and finished ninth. Zarco and Vazquez are currently in fourth and fifth positions in the overall standings.

During the Moto2 race SHARK-rider Stefen Bradl finished in fifth, whilst Scott Redding struggled with front and rear grip problems adjusting to the wet surface. The young-Brit was unable to maintain his pace and dropped to finish in 23rd position.

It was a disappointing race for Randy De Puniet, who had recorded good lap times registering the fifth fastest lap in FP3 on Saturday morning. Following a bad start the SHARK-rider was relegated to 13th place, and a slip in the wet saw de Puniet’s race come to a stop on lap 16.

Scott Redding, Moto2 – 23rd:

« I don’t really have so much to say after that other than it is obvious I am not happy to be outside of the points at the end of another difficult and frustrating weekend. I just couldn’t get the bike to work again and I had no feeling from the front or the rear in the wet conditions. Even on the Warm-up lap I nearly crashed and I just didn’t feel comfortable in the wet conditions. The rear was backing into the corner and I didn’t have the confidence with the front-end again, so we’ve got to find a solution quickly because the start of the season has been well below our pre-season expectations. We can’t seem to get the bike working at all and we need to try and bounce back in Estoril. »

Randy De Puniet, MotoGP – DNF

« Because I had a bad start, I was relegated in the last positions. Then I started pushing, I was doing well, until I found major problems with the front wheel. I tried to change the mapping, but I was not able to do it. I found it extremely difficult to manage the bike and when I slipped I couldn’t manage to restart the bike. Now I only have to think about doing well at Estoril, because this beginning of the championship hasn’t been good at all”.

Jerez, 125cc – Round two (23 laps):

1 / N. TEROL
2 / J. FOLGER
3 / J. ZARCO (SHARK)
4 / D. KENT
5 / T. MACKENZIE
6 / S. CORTESE
7 / J. KORNFEIL
8 / H. ONO
9 / E. VAZQUEZ (SHARK)
10 / Z. KHAIRUDDIN

125cc Championship standings to date:

1 / N. TEROL 50
2 / J. FOLGER 31
3 / S. CORTESE 30
4 / J. ZARCO (SHARK) 26
5 / E. VAZQUEZ (SHARK) 20
6 / S. GADEA 16
7 / D. KENT 16
8 / T. MACKENZIE 11
9 FAUBEL 10
10 / J. KORNFEIL 9

Jerez, Moto2 – Round two (26 laps):

1 / A. IANNONE
2 / T. LUTHI
3 / S. CORSI
4 / B. SMITH
5 / S. BRADL (SHARK)
6 / J. SIMON
7 / A. DE ANGELIS
8 / K. COGHLAN
9 / M. PIRRO
10 / M. NEUKIRCHNER

Moto2 Championship standings to date:

1 / A. IANNONE 45
2 / S. BRADL (SHARK) 36
3 / T. LUTHI 36
4 / S. CORSI 26
5 / A. DE ANGELIS 22
6 / B. SMITH 20
7 / J. SIMON 16
8 / M. PIRRO 15
9 TAKAHASHI 11
10 / J. CLUZEL (SHARK) 9
15 / A. ESPARGARO (SHARK) 5

Jerez, MotoGP – Round two (27 laps):

1 / J. LORENZO
2 / D. PEDROSA
3 / N. HAYDEN
4 / H. AOYAMA
5 / V. ROSSI
6 / H. BARBERA
7 / K. ABRAHAM
8 / C. CRUTCHLOW
9 / T. ELIAS
10 / J. HOPKINS
DNF / R. DE PUNIET (SHARK)

MotoGP Championship standings to date:

1 / J. LORENZO 45
2 / D. PEDROSA 36
3 / C. STONER 25
4 / N. HAYDEN 23
5 / V. ROSSI 20
6 / H. AOYAMA 19
7 / A. DOVIZIOSO 17
8 / H. BARBERA 14
9 / C. CRUTCHLOW 13
10 / K. ABRAHAM 12

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