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May 17, 2014

Zarco To Pay Tribute To Countryman Christian Sarron At Le Mans

Johann Zarco and his specially-painted Caterham Suter Moto2 racebike.

Johann Zarco Pays Tribute To Christian Sarron at the Le Mans Grand Prix

Le Mans – Saturday 17th May 2014

AirAsia Caterham Moto Racing Team rider Johann Zarco will honour fellow French 250 World Champion Christian Sarron at this weekend’s Grand Prix at Le Mans.

The #5 bike will run a one-off livery showcasing a combination of the title winning colours that Sarron raced in 1984 alongside the AirAsia Caterham branding.

Johann Zarco:

“Its 30 years since Christian Sarron won the 250cc World Championship in 1984.

“Since I began racing in the World Championship, my manager and I often look back at the older riders as an example, to learn about what they did with the bikes they had and we have a lot of respect for their achievements.

“I read about Christian a few years ago and I have also watched some of the footage of him racing, which is why I know the story. Moto2 is similar to the 250 class in that it is the middle category and so as a French rider in the Championship today I felt it was only right to pay tribute to Christian Sarron with this livery for the Le Mans GP.”

Christian Sarron:

“I feel very honoured that Johann is running my colours here at Le Mans. I saw the pictures already and I thought wow that looks very nice!

“He doesn’t need these colours to bring him luck but he deserves a win anyway. It’s a long time that I have been watching him race, since working at Eurosport and before. He rides beautifully and if only it could be here at his home Grand Prix that he can take first place, I will be very pleased.

“He has been quite unfortunate this year so I hope that there is an end to that now and maybe this could be the sign.” 

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