Francesco Bagnaia made the best out of the second match point and he won the World Champion title in the intermediate category thanks to his 3rd place. Luca Marini got his first success in the World Championship, crossing the finish line 1st ahead of Miguel Oliveira.
The game for the title of World Champion in the intermediate class ended with the victory of an Italian rider: after Morbidelli last year, Moto2 speaks Italian again thanks to Francesco Bagnaia’s amazing performance. He had a great season and he really deserved to win the title. Miguel Oliveira has to give up, but he has been giving him a hard time all through the season and he got an excellent 2nd place at Sepang. The Sky Racing Team VR46 can celebrate twice today, as Luca Marini also got his first victory in the World Championship.
The race wasn’t even started, and riders were already fighting hard for the podium, deeply changing the starting grid from the very beginning. After just one lap Marini took the lead, followed by his teammate Bagnaia and by Oliveira. In the meanwhile, the poleman Marquez had already lost some positions due to a mistake at the first turn. The first crash also came very soon, that of Lecuona, soon followed by other withdrawals: Gardner (who was trying to resist Marquez’s assault to his 5th place), Cardelús, Tuuli, Nagashima, and Fernández (who looked much in pain after the crash and had to be taken out on a gurney).
The battle for the victory will eventually remain in the hands of two riders, Luca Marini and Miguel Oliveira. But the Portuguese rider couldn’t get close enough to attempt a final assault and the Italian rider managed to get his first win in a World Championship. All the attention then turned to his teammate Francesco Bagnaia, who gained the 3rd place at the finish line and therefore also the title of World Champion in Moto2. Mattia Pasini closed the race 4th, followed by da Fabio Quartararo and Lorenzo Baldassarri, while Alex Marquez got the 7th place ahead of Brad Binder, Marcel Schrötter and Joan Mir.