Francesco Bagnaia has been crowned the 2018 Moto2 world champion in Malaysia, finishing 3rd at the Sepang International Circuit. His Sky VR46 teammate Luca Marini won his first Moto2 race after leading from the start, with championship challenger Miguel Oliveira finishing 2nd.
Despite Alex Marquez starting from pole, it was Marini that led the field after the first corner. Marquez ended up down in 8th place after he had to take avoiding action due to an optimistic lunge from Fabio Quartararo.
Bagnaia was in 2nd at the beginning of the race, soon caught by Oliveira. They were battling for 2nd place for some laps, which allowed Marini to pull a gap almost immediately. Oliveira was eventually able to maintain the 2nd place and close the gap to Marini, however was unable to pass him to keep his championship hopes alive.
Remy Gardner showed very good pace in the first few laps, momentarily passing Oliveira for 3rd and sitting in 4th for a number of laps. Eventually, he was passed by Marquez and crashed out of what would’ve been a strong points finish.
Marquez finally finished down in 7th, despite having the best pace all weekend and starting from pole. His race pace simply wasn’t up to that of the leading 4, and Lorenzo Baldassarri and Quartararo both passed him in the final laps.
2018 Moto2 Shell Malaysia Grand Prix – Race Result:
|1||10. Luca Marini||Kalex||Sky Racing Team VR46||38:25.689|
|2||44. Miguel Oliveira||KTM||Red Bull KTM Ajo||+1.194|
|3||42. Francesco Bagnaia||Kalex||Sky Racing Team VR46||+3.020|
|4||54. Mattia Pasini||Kalex||Italtrans Racing Team||+4.497|
|5||20. Fabio Quartararo||Speed Up||+Ego - Speed Up Racing||+5.250|
|6||7. Lorenzo Baldassarri||Kalex||Pons HP40||+5.305|
|7||73. Alex Marquez||Kalex||EG 0.0 Marc VDS||+7.690|
|8||41. Brad Binder||KTM||Red Bull KTM Ajo||+8.943|
|9||23. Marcel Schrotter||Kalex||Dynavolt Intact GP||+9.687|
|10||36. Joan Mir||Kalex||EG 0.0 Marc VDS||+18.547|
|11||97. Xavi Vierge||Kalex||Dynavolt Intact GP||+18.816|
|12||5. Andrea Locatelli||Kalex||Italtrans Racing Team||+19.739|
|13||9. Jorge Navarro||Kalex||Federal Oil Gresini Moto2||+21.177|
|14||77. Dominique Aegerter||KTM||Kiefer Racing||+21.960|
|15||22. Sam Lowes||KTM||Swiss Innovative Investors||+26.875|
|16||24. Simone Corsi||Kalex||Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2||+28.515|
|17||89. Khairul Idham Pawi||Kalex||IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia||+28.802|
|18||16. Joe Roberts||NTS||NTS RW Racing GP||+29.791|
|19||2. Jesko Raffin||Kalex||SAG Team||+30.557|
|20||57. Edgar Pons||Speed Up||MB Conveyors – Speed Up||+31.069|
|21||4. Steven Odendaal||NTS||NTS RW Racing GP||+38.430|
|22||95. Jules Danilo||Kalex||Nashi Argan SAG Team||+42.930|
|23||30. Dimas Ekky Pratama||Tech 3||Tech 3 Racing||+57.507|
|24||32. Isaac Vinales||Suter||Forward Racing Team||+57.910|
|25||21. Federico Fuligni||Kalex||Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2||+1:03.737|
|26||50. Rafid Topan Sucipto||Suter||Forward Racing Team||+2:04.66|
|NC||40. Augusto Fernandez||Kalex||Pons HP40||+10 Laps|
|NC||66. Niki Tuuli||Kalex||SIC Racing Team||+11 Laps|
|NC||45. Tetsuta Nagashima||Kalex||IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia||+11 Laps|
|NC||87. Remy Gardner||Tech 3||Tech 3 Racing||+13 Laps|
|NC||18. Xavi Cardelus||Kalex||Marinelli Snipers Team||+13 Laps|
|NC||27. Iker Lecuona||KTM||Swiss Innovative Investors||+16 Laps|