MOTO2 RACE – VALENCIA
2017 Moto2 Valencia GP report and results
If the 2017 season of KTM in Moto3 is clearly disappointing, the Orange brand can be proud of the end of campaign with fanfare of Miguel Oliveira in Moto2: the Portuguese won his third consecutive victory in Valencia in front of the Moto2 world champion Franco Morbidelli and the second official Katoche pilot, Brad Binder !
Franco Morbidelli believed for a long time that he could win this Moto2 final in Valencia: the reigning champion, who stormed off after a great battle with his teammate Alex Marquez, had forged a two-second lead with 17 laps remaining to cover !
- Valencia GP –
But Miguel Oliveira was not told: after defeating Alex Marquez who failed to transform his pole, the Portuguese went to great lengths to get back to the leader. Behind, his teammate Brad Binder keeps pace: what an exceptional end to the season for the South African beginner, whose first part of the year was marred by heavy injuries.
By dint of attack, Oliveira attacks and brings the gap to one second, then less than half a second with 8 laps from the finish. One lap later, Morbidelli’s lead is only two tenths! The n ° 44 tried his luck in a turn to the right, coming squarely to rely on his rival to steal the first place. Hot !
The defending champion, unable to respond, takes four tenths in sight in just one lap: mass is said five laps from the finish. Miguel Oliveira is heading for his third straight victory after his demonstration in Australia and Malaysia. Forced to limit the damage, Morbidelli finished at two seconds: "impossible to resist the KTM today", he admits.
The results of the Moto2 championship 2017
Despite the disappointment of being beaten in the final, the future VDS rider in MotoGP maintains a very large lead in the final standings: Morbidelli finished with 308 points against 243 for his rival Lüthi, forced to attend the Valencia GP then the pits following his injury in Malaysia. Hard setback for the Swiss, who will not be able to discover his MotoGP Honda VDS on Monday ….
Thanks to her 9 podiums including three victories, Oliveira finished third in the Moto2 championship: the competition from KTM is trembling as the Moto2 Orange now seems a cut above. Great reward for KTM, which has not chosen the easy way with its trellis chassis and WP suspensions developed in-house.
Alex Marquez, author of a roller coaster season, takes 4th place overall: Marc Marquez’s little brother is aiming for the title in the same team next year in Moto2, on the strength of his rise in power displayed this year.
Francesco "Peco" Bagnaïa, fifth overall, is named "Moto2 2017 Rookie of the Year", while Frenchman Fabio Quartararo finishes 13th.
Moto2 Valencia GP 2017 results and standings
General classification of the Moto2 World Championship 2017
General classification of the Moto2 constructors‘ championship 2017
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