2014 Sepang Moto2 Race Result: Dominant Victory In Decisive Race

Full Recap and Results Below.

Maverick Vinales has taken an impressive victory during the Malaysian Moto2 Grand Prix at the Sepang circuit, the rookie rider took the lead from Mika Kallio with four laps remaining and put the hammer down, breaking away and taking his fourth straight podium and third win in the last four races. Tito Rabat did all that he needed to claim the 2014 Moto2 Championship by finishing third, Kallio had passed Rabat with ten laps to go in an attempt to keep the title fight alive, but Rabat only had to finish seventh or higher to wrap up the Championship. He remained calm and focused until the end of the race and celebrated in deserved fashion having been the class rider of the intermediate class this season, he will look to go back-to-back next season as he remains with the Marc VDS team for 2015.

Johan Zarco put in a solid if unspectacular ride to finish in fourth spot ahead of Dominique Aegerter; Aegerter ran with the leading trio in the opening stages of the race but couldn't maintain the pace and drifted back as the race unfolded. Julian Simon took sixth place a tenth behind Aegerter but five seconds clear of German rider Sandro Cortese. Thomas Luthi, Jonas Folger and Marcel Schrotter completed the top ten. Gino Rea crashed at turn one on the opening lap and clashed into Luis Salom and Nico Terol, thankfully he wasn't struck by the field as they came through and he was able to be helped away from the track, Salom and Terol were both able to continue. The race saw a total of eight rider fail to finish. 

Rabat's third place means his Championship lead sits at an insurmountable 37 points heading into the final race at Valencia, he edges out his experienced team mate Mika Kallio who was extremely gracious as a Championship runner up following the race, he extended his heartfelt congratulations and praise towards Rabat.

Results:

Pos. Points Num. Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 25 40 Maverick VIÑALES Kalex 40'46.754
2 20 36 Mika KALLIO Kalex 2.694
3 16 53 Esteve RABAT Kalex 8.054
4 13 5 Johann ZARCO Caterham Suter 10.590
5 11 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter 10.663
6 10 60 Julian SIMON Kalex 10.769
7 9 11 Sandro CORTESE Kalex 15.657
8 8 12 Thomas LUTHI Suter 18.839
9 7 94 Jonas FOLGER Kalex 19.486
10 6 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Tech 3 24.887
11 5 39 Luis SALOM Kalex 28.234
12 4 88 Ricard CARDUS Tech 3 30.338
13 3 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 30.533
14 2 44 Roberto ROLFO Suter 30.548
15 1 81 Jordi TORRES Suter 34.769
16   20 Florian MARINO Kalex 36.613
17   7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Suter 38.869
18   95 Anthony WEST Speed Up 42.201
19   19 Xavier SIMEON Suter 47.876
20   25 Azlan SHAH Kalex 52.950
21   10 Thitipong WAROKORN Kalex 53.163
22   97 Roman RAMOS Speed Up 59.999
23   71 Tomoyoshi KOYAMA NTS +1'03.331
24   18 Nicolas TEROL Suter +1'08.275
25   46 Decha KRAISART Tech 3 +1'16.996
26   4 Randy KRUMMENACHER Suter 1 Lap
Not Classified
    21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 4 Laps
    22 Sam LOWES Speed Up 5 Laps
    49 Axel PONS Kalex 7 Laps
    55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 9 Laps
    96 Louis ROSSI Kalex 11 Laps
    30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 13 Laps
    14 Ratthapark WILAIROT Caterham Suter 13 Laps
Not Finished 1st Lap
    8 Gino REA Suter 0 Lap

 

Round Number: 
17
2014
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Comments

Wilairot has been an impressive replacement for Josh Herrin.... I feel it is poetic justice for letting him go and not letting him finish the season for the Caterham team.