VALENCIA. Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Ajo) made it a stunning third time in a row for KTM to cheer him over the line in the lead at Valencia, hunting down Champion Franco Morbidelli (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) to pull clear for win number three on the bounce. Teammate Brad Binder made it another double podium for the Austrian factory, completing the podium for a third visit to the rostrum in a row.
Rookie of the Year Francesco Bagnaia (Sky Racing Team VR46) battled Hafizh Syahrin (Petronas Raceline Malaysia) for fifth before pulling away from the Malaysian rider and then catching Marquez; able to pass the rider from Cervera in the latter stages. The number 73 took P5, with Syahrin in P6.
Takaaki Nakagami (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) said goodbye to the intermediate class ahead of his graduation to MotoGP™ with seventh, ahead of a solid final rookie ride for Fabio Quartararo (Pons HP 40). Simone Corsi (Speed Up Racing) crossed the line in P9 after making some late progress, with Dominique Aegerter (Kiefer Racing) completing the top ten as top Suter once again.
Axel Pons (RW Racing GP), Isaac Viñales (BE-A-VIP SAG Team), Marcel Schrötter (Dynavolt Intact GP), rookie Augusto Fernandez (Speed Up Racing) and Lorenzo Baldassarri (Forward Racing Team) locked out the points scorers in the season finale.
Simone Corsi: 9th
“I’m happy with today’s result. This morning I was scared because getting to points seemed was really difficult. The problems with the bike setting were the same as in the weekend, but I tried to push more than I could for the whole race. It was not a year of great satisfactions as we expected, but I really want to thank all the guys in the team and especially Luca Boscoscuro who believed in me in these two seasons!”
Augusto Fernandez: 14th
“I’m happy with my first experience in the Moto2 World Championship. We went on growing and in the end we managed to reach the goal we had set at first: the points zone! I want to thank Speed Up staff for the all the support and the hard work done in these races, it was an amazing experience!”
Andrea Locatelli: 16th
“Unfortunately, this weekend I never found the right feeling. Valencia is a tough race and the gap is minimal. I managed to recover some positions, but it’s not easy starting from the back. Anyway, I’m happy because it has been an important season and I got a lot of experience. This winter we will continue to work in according to be ready for the new season and start the year in the best way. Thank you to the team and to Italtrans for their confidence and the opportunity they gave me to demonstrate my potential."