Reigning Moto2 world champion showed his cool in the German round of the series to snatch both the win and the title lead from main rival Alex Rins, jumping from third to first as both the Spaniard and Brit Sam Lowes failed to score points.
Starting in horrible conditions, Zarco played a long game in the early stages of the race, judging conditions as first pole man Takaaki Nakagami and the man who inherited the lead from him, Franco Morbidelli, fell from the race.
He held the line until the last lap, and even a do or die passing attempt from local Jonas Folger, who will join him as a teammate next year at Monster Tech 3 Yamaha, wasn’t enough to take the win. Julian Simon was the third man on the podium.
Lowes, Rins and Morbidelli were joined in the gravel by a host of other front-runners, with Thomas Luthi, Axel Pons, Simone Corsi, Marcel Schrotter and Alex Marquez (twice) among the fallers.
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