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Malaysian Moto2: Oliveira leads dominant 1-2 for KTM

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Malaysian Moto2: Oliveira leads dominant 1-2 for KTM
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Oct 29, 2017, 6:22 AM

Miguel Oliveira claimed an authoritative Moto2 victory at Malaysia’s Sepang International Circuit, leading home a second successive 1-2 finish for KTM.

Alex Marquez, Marc VDS
Franco Morbidelli, Marc VDS
Franco Morbidelli, Marc VDS
Miguel Oliveira, Red Bull KTM Ajo
Miguel Oliveira, Red Bull KTM Ajo
Miguel Oliveira, Red Bull KTM Ajo
Brad Binder, Red Bull KTM Ajo

At the start of the race, Oliveira jumped to the lead from the middle of the front row, demoting polesitter and newly-crowned champion Franco Morbidelli to second place.

Lap by lap, he extended his advantage at the front of the field, building a two-second gap in the first five tours. He slowed down in the closing stages as dark clouds loomed over the track, but still ended up with a winning margin of 2.387s.

Someway behind, teammate Brad Binder successfully passed Morbidelli with four laps to go to claim back-to-back podium finishes.

Francesco Bagnaia and Fabio Quartararo had their own dice for fourth, with the latter coming off worse in the duel.

After being re-overtaken by Bagnaia on lap 17, Quartararo was also passed in quick succession by Mattia Pasini and home hero Hafizh Syahrin, and thus dropped down to seventh.

Bagnaia, too, lost out to the charging Pasini and ended up fifth, 0.312s behind the Italtrans Racing Team rider.

Meanwhile, Tech 3’s Xavi Vierge finished eighth, while the top 10 was completed by SAG duo Isaac Vinales and Tetsuta Nagashima.

Only 18 riders were classified at the finish, with Alex Marquez being the most high-profile retirement. The Spaniard crashed twice in the opening few laps, with the second fall at turn 6 leading to his DNF.

Race results:

Pos.#RiderBikeLapsTime/Gap
1 44 portugal Miguel Oliveira  KTM 19 40'28.955
2 41 south_africa Brad Binder  KTM 19 2.387
3 21 italy Franco Morbidelli  Kalex 19 6.878
4 54 italy Mattia Pasini  Kalex 19 21.774
5 42 italy Francesco Bagnaia  Kalex 19 22.086
6 55 malaysia Hafizh Syahrin  Kalex 19 23.410
7 40 france Fabio Quartararo  Kalex 19 23.488
8 97 spain Xavi Vierge  Tech 3 19 24.976
9 32 spain Isaac Viñales  Kalex 19 25.044
10 45 japan Tetsuta Nagashima  Kalex 19 27.199
11 24 italy Simone Corsi  Speed Up 19 28.614
12 37 spain Augusto Fernandez  Speed Up 19 29.125
13 5 italy Andrea Locatelli  Kalex 19 31.978
14 27 spain Iker Lecuona  Kalex 19 44.346
15 2 switzerland Jesko Raffin  Kalex 19 45.088
16 57 spain Edgar Pons  Kalex 19 51.358
17 23 germany Marcel Schrötter  Suter 19 59.328
18 15 san_marino Alex de Angelis  Kalex 19 1'24.767
Ret 7 italy Lorenzo Baldassarri  Kalex 11 8 laps
Ret  62 italy Stefano Manzi  Kalex 10 9 laps
Ret  49 spain Axel Pons  Kalex 7 12 laps
Ret  26 indonesia Dimas Ekky Pratama  Kalex 1 18 laps
Ret  87 australia Remy Gardner  Tech 3 1 18 laps
Ret  73 spain Alex Marquez  Kalex 1 18 laps
Ret  30 japan Takaaki Nakagami  Kalex 0 -
Ret  11 germany Sandro Cortese  Suter 0
Ret  10 italy Luca Marini  Kalex 0
Ret  89 malaysia Khairul Idham Pawi  Kalex 0
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Series Moto2
Event Sepang
Location Sepang International Circuit
Drivers Miguel Oliveira
Author Rachit Thukral