Morbidelli Ends Wait for Maiden Moto2 Win

Franco Morbidelli finally broke his Moto2 victory duck in sensational style with a dominant win at Losail. The Italian was never truly threatened on his way to a comfortable victory with last season’s championship runner-up Thomas Luthi holding off Takaaki Nakagami for second.

After so many near-misses in the last two seasons, Morbidelli could have been forgiven for feeling nervous as he sat on pole position but the Marc VDS rider showed no signs of that, leaving team-mate Alex Marquez trailing off the start line as Luthi climbed to second. The Swiss rider even tried his luck with Morbidelli on lap two, briefly holding lead, but Franco soon repassed the Interwetten rider and promptly disappeared into the distance.

Meanwhile, Marquez was finding the pace out in front too hot to handle as he fell into the clutches of Nakagami, losing his grip on a podium spot on lap nine. Miguel Oliveira soon followed through into fourth on the KTM, relegating the former Moto3 champion to fifth at half distance, and the Spaniard was left with a lonely ride to the finish from there.

Morbidelli was untouchable though on the sister Marc VDS machine, winning by 2.6 seconds in the end from Luthi, while Nakagami denied KTM a podium finish on their Moto2 debut by fending off Oliveira, despite intense pressure in the latter stages.

Behind Marquez, Luca Marini finished a superb sixth, equalling his career best, after edging out the impressive Fabio Quartararo who took seventh on his intermediate class debut. Lorenzo Baldassarri was eighth ahead of last year’s star rookie Xavi Vierge on the Tech 3 Mistral while Axel Pons rounded out the top ten.


Moto2 Grand Prix of Qatar: Race Result (20 Laps)

121. Franco MorbidelliKalexEG 0,0 Marc VDS40:18.48025
212. Thomas LuthiKalexCarXpert Interwetten+2.68120
330. Takaaki NakagamiKalexIdemitsu Honda Team Asia+3.30416
444. Miguel OliveiraKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+3.58413
573. Alex MarquezKalexEG 0,0 Marc VDS+11.22611
610. Luca MariniKalexForward Team+13.74710
740. Fabio QuartararoKalexPons HP 40+13.9889
87. Lorenzo BaldassarriKalexForward Team+17.4658
997. Xavi ViergeTech 3Tech 3 Racing+17.4777
1049. Axel PonsKalexRW Racing GP+17.7676
1177. Dominique AegerterSuterKiefer Racing+17.8025
1242. Francesco BagnaiaKalexSky Racing Team VR46+18.0904
1352. Danny KentSuterKiefer Racing+19.3233
142. Jesko RaffinKalexCarXpert Interwetten+22.7982
1519. Xavier SimeonKalexTasca Racing Scuderia Moto2+24.0091
1623. Marcel SchrotterSuterDynavolt Intact GP+24.077
1724. Simone CorsiSpeed UpSpeed Up Racing+28.193
1868. Yonny HernandezKalexAGR Team+31.828
1945. Tetsuta NagashimaKalexTeluru SAG Team+31.839
2041. Brad BinderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+34.046
2132. Isaac VinalesKalexBE-A-VIP SAG Team+40.227
2211. Sandro CorteseSuterDynavolt Intact GP+40.279
2360. Julian SimonKalexGarage Plus Interwetten+40.446
2454. Mattia PasiniKalexItaltrans Racing Team+42.501
2588. Ricard CardusSpeed UpSpeed Up Racing+43.000
2657. Edgar PonsKalexPons HP 40+47.072
275. Andrea LocatelliKalexItaltrans Racing Team+47.486
2889. Khairul Idham PawiKalexIdemitsu Honda Team Asia+51.206
2962. Stefano ManziKalexSky Racing Team VR46+1:02.080
NC9. Jorge NavarroKalexFederal Oil Gresini Moto2+12 Laps
NC55. Hafizh SyahrinKalexPetronas Raceline Malaysia+12 Laps
NC8. Saeed Al SulaitiSpeed UpQMMF Racing+15 Laps
NC87. Remy GardnerTech 3Tech 3 Racing+20 Laps
NS96. Nasser Al MalkiSpeed UpQMMF Racing