SEPANG. Francesco Bagnaia (SKY Racing Team VR46) clinched the 2018 Moto2™ World Championship at the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix after finishing P3 at Sepang. The Italian finished behind title rival Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Ajo) to seal the title, with teammate Luca Marini making it a memorable day for SKY Racing Team VR46 as he secured his maiden Grand Prix victory.
As the chequered flag was waved it was double delight for SKY Racing Team VR46 as Marini took a magnificent maiden Grand Prix victory, with Bagnaia coming home third to seal the 2018 Moto2™ World Championship. Oliveira didn’t go down without a fight as he took P2 at the Sepang International Circuit – his 11th podium of the season.
Pasini crossed the line in P4, with Quartararo rounding out the top five after getting the better of sixth place Baldassarri and seventh place Marquez in the latter stages. Australian GP winner Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) took P8 in Malaysia, with Marcel Schrotter (Dynavolt Intact GP) and Joan Mir (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) rounding out the top ten in P9 and P10 respectively.
Iker Lecuona (Swiss Innovative Investors), Xavi Cardelus (Marinelli Snipers Team), Remy Gardner (Tech 3 Racing), Tetsuta Nagashima (Idemistu Honda Team Asia), Niki Tuuli (Petronas Sprinta Racing) and Augusto Fernandez (Pons HP40) crashed out.
Fabio Quartararo: 5th
“The result is not bad, but it’s not what I expected. It was a difficult race, I started well but I made a mistake at the first TURN where I lost several positions. The pace of the race was good, especially after the fight with Fernandez in which I lost a lot of valuable recovery time. We could fight for the podium, but it went like this. Now we think on the last race in Valencia!"
Andrea Locatelli: 12th
"The weekend turned out well: we did everything we could to push until the end and I managed to get some points. Now we go back home confident to finish the season in the best way".
Simone Corsi: 16th
"It's been a complicated GP even here in Malaysia. During the race we recovered positions but that's not been enough and we closed out from points. I was not on top but affected from flu. Now we have one week at our disposal to get on feet again before Valencia".
Dimas Ekky Pratama: 23rd
"I just tried to concentrate on the start and I had a quite good one. I wanted to keep the pace with the group, but I did a mistake on the fast corner, turn five – six and some other fast corners, so I went wide and some riders passed me. Later, I wanted to catch the group again, but did another mistake. Then I tried to manage the pace and keep my confidence to finish the race. Of course this is not a great result, but the important thing is that we improved towards the race and as I was riding this bike for the first time, I can say, I really enjoyed it. Thank you to Tech3 Racing and all sponsors for this opportunity. I’m happy, thank you!"
Isaac Viñales: 24th
"It was a difficult weekend, we worked hard but I couldn't find the right feeling with the bike. I rode to the maximum of my ability, also suffering from the really difficult weather conditions. Now we go back to Europe to prepare for the last race of the season, in Valencia, on what is for me a home race: I want to be ready to conclude the season at the Spanish track in the best possible way".
Rafid Topan Sucipto: 26th
"It was an exciting weekend: coming back to the paddock of the World Championship, the dream since I was a child, always gives strong emotions. I would like to thank Forward Team for this opportunity, which I will always remember with pleasure. I'm just sorry that I didn't have the right physical preparation to feel better on the bike and do something more. I hope to have another chance in the future, where I can show all my skills".
Augusto Fernandez: N.C.
"Bad way to end the weekend with a strong fall. Today we have not found the perfect set-up in the race, we have lacked a bit. I went well, passing the first lap sixth, but I lacked some pace to keep up with the pace in front. In the eighth position I was more settled but I made a mistake and I fell. I apologise to the team because we could have done another good result but it's time to think about Valencia and work again to be ahead".