MOTO2 RACE – SEPANG
Report and classification of the Moto2 Malaysian GP 2017 (Morbidelli titled)
KTM takes its second consecutive Moto2 victory thanks to the excellent Miguel Oliveira, winner of the Malaysian GP 2017 ahead of South African debutant Brad Binder. Franco Morbidelli, crowned before the race following Lüthi’s forfeit, celebrates his title with 3rd place.
Miguel Oliveira takes the best start of the Malaysian GP ahead of Franco Morbidelli and Fabio Quartararo, as the bright early morning sun gave way to an overcast and vaguely threatening sky. A big collective collision occurs in the first corner of this race marked by the forfeit of injury of Tom Lüthi, the only driver able to push back the title of Morbidelli.
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"We are obviously very disappointed, especially since it is an injury (fracture of the talus, Editor’s note) which will take time to heal", regrets Gilles Bigot, chief mechanic of Tom Lüthi. "Which means that it is not certain that Tom will ride in Valence", notes the chief mechanic of the Swiss rider who also fears that this will complicate the debut of the n ° 12 on the MotoGP Honda Marc VDS planned the day after the final spanish…
Very lively, the first lap also saw Alex Marquez crash into the second corner. My Spanish leaves last… and falls again a second time! Annoyed, the pilot Marc VDS gives up, raising his arms to the sky. A few meters further on, Sandro Cortese’s motorcycle caught fire in the gravel following a collision with Takaaki Nakagami. Fortunately, no injuries are to be deplored.
That’s not how you want to start any race
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As in Australia last Sunday, Miguel Oliveira whips his KTM and takes a second ahead of Morbidelli while Quartararo drops to 5th place behind Brad Binder and Franco Bagnaia. Oliveira takes her lead up to 4.5 seconds ahead of Morbidelli with 7 laps to go.
Looks like has this one wrapped up but the fight for second is on wants another KTM 1-2
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Morbidelli, he gets picked up by Binder while Quartararo doubles Bagnaia! French is 4th! Brad Binder overtakes Franco Morbidelli while a few drops begin to fall. This small shower without much impact on the grip benefits Pasini and Bagnaia, who overtake Quartararo.
"I did anything in the last laps," regrets the French rider, who – too much – gave up for fear of losing control of his bike with the change of grip. But the extreme uneasy heat means that the humidity does not penetrate the bitumen: Fabio‘s rivals have understood this and continue to put gas !
Unfortunately, “El Diablo” was also unfortunately overtaken by Syahrin on the line and finally finished 7th while Miguel Oliveira – very physically tested at the finish – and Brad Binder signed a KTM double. The new world champion Franco Morbidelli – congratulated by his compatriot Valentino Rossi in his lap of honor – completes the podium ahead of Mattia Pasini and Franco Bagnaia.
The master & the apprentice
You can’t keep away from the celebrations, even when he’s about to go racing himself!
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The results of the Moto2 championship
"The title was not real this morning, now it is!", Rejoices Morbidelli, whose lead over Tom Lüthi climbs to 45 pts following the forfeit of the Swiss driver who broke his ankle during qualifying. . "I’m sorry for Tom and I would have preferred the title to be played on the track. I’m happy to finish on the podium because the KTMs were really fast".
Cannot wait to see this guy make the step up to in 2018 … is the 2017 World Champion!
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Thanks to his double "Australia-Malaysia", Miguel Oliveira consolidates his third place in the provisional with 72 points behind the leader and 27 over Lüthi. Small consolation for the Swiss: his "title" of vice-world champion will not be blown to him by Oliveira, whatever the classification in Valencia.
2017 Moto2 Malaysian Grand Prix Results
Provisional classification of the Moto2 championship 2017
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