Bagnaia Victorious in Crash-Filled Malaysian GP

Francesco Bagnaia claimed his second career victory in a Malaysian Grand Prix littered with crashes which left more than half the field on the sidelines. Bagnaia was the sole survivor from a four rider leading group which appeared to crash in unison at turn seven before a later incident involving Maria Herrera brought an early end to the race.

The race followed a similar pattern to seven days ago in Australia with a succession of multiple rider pile-ups reducing the field. The first came at turn two with debutant Ayumu Sasaki caught up before a highside for Jorge Martin at turn six brought down three others including rookie pair Nicolo Bulega and Aron Canet.

The next incident was surely the most controversial with Adam Norrodin tumbling at turn seven and with fluids appearing to be spilled, three quarters of the leading group crashed simultaneously with Brad Binder, Joan Mir and Lorenzo Dalla Porta all losing the front end of their machines. With most expecting a red flag, the race inexplicably continued with Bagnaia rewarded for staying upright with a five second lead.

With five laps remaining, a farcical race was brought to a finish by another accident with Maria Herrera tripping over Livio Loi at turn fifteen. Rain was also starting to fall and race direction finally took the decision to throw the red flags, something they arguably should have done half an hour earlier.

Jakub Kornfeil and Bo Bendsneyder were enjoying a private battle over second but crucially, Bendsneyder’s overtake on the Czech rider came a lap too late once the result was counted back. As a result, Kornfeil was awarded second with the Dutch rookie matching his career best in third.

The two remaining Leopard KTMs of Fabio Quartararo and Andrea Locatelli took fourth and fifth with Marcos Ramirez producing another stellar performance in sixth. Gabriel Rodrigo was seventh ahead of home favourite Khairul Idham Pawi while Livio Loi and Darryn Binder completed the top ten in race with just seventeen finishers.


Moto3 Shell Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix (Race Result)

121. Francesco BagnaiaMahindraPull & Bear Aspar Mahindra31:45.74325
284. Jakub KornfeilHondaDrive M7 SIC Racing Team+7.10820
364. Bo BendsneyderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+7.25316
420. Fabio QuartararoKTMLeopard Racing+8.46913
555. Andrea LocatelliKTMLeopard Racing+12.41411
642. Marcos RamirezMahindraPlatinum Bay Real Estate+12.70610
719. Gabriel RodrigoKTMRBA Racing Team+13.3879
889. Khairul Idham PawiHondaHonda Team Asia+13.5068
911. Livio LoiHondaRW Racing GP BV+14.4457
1040. Darryn BinderMahindraPlatinum Bay Real Estate+38.7776
1138. Hafiq AzmiPeugeotPeugeot MC Saxoprint+45.8275
1223. Niccolo AntonelliHondaOngetta-Rivacold+48.8994
1343. Stefano ValtuliniMahindra3570 Team Italia+49.6483
1477. Lorenzo PetrarcaMahindra3570 Team Italia+49.8422
154. Fabio Di GiannantonioHondaGresini Racing Moto3+1:15.1631
1648. Lorenzo Dalla PortaKTMSky Racing Team VR46+1 Lap
1741. Brad BinderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+3 Laps
NC6. Maria HerreraKTMMH6 Team+13.793
NC95. Jules DaniloHondaOngetta-Rivacold+7 Laps
NC9. Jorge NavarroHondaEstrella Galicia 0,0+8 Laps
NC12. Albert ArenasPeugeotPeugeot MC Saxoprint+10 Laps
NC36. Joan MirKTMLeopard Racing+11 Laps
NC24. Tatsuki SuzukiMahindraCIP-Unicom Starker+11 Laps
NC16. Andrea MignoKTMSky Racing Team VR46+11 Laps
NC8. Nicolo BulegaKTMSky Racing Team VR46+12 Laps
NC88. Jorge MartinMahindraPull & Bear Aspar Mahindra+13 Laps
NC44. Aron CanetHondaEstrella Galicia 0,0+13 Laps
NC65. Philipp OettlKTMSchedl GP Racing+13 Laps
NC58. Juanfran GuevaraKTMRBA Racing Team+13 Laps
NC7. Adam NorrodinHondaDrive M7 SIC Racing Team+13 Laps
NC71. Ayumu SasakiHondaGresini Racing Moto3+13 Laps
NS76. Hiroki OnoHondaHonda Team Asia+
NS3. Fabio SpiranelliMahindraCIP-Unicom Starker+