2017 Sepang Moto2 Race: One Is The Loneliest Number

Miguel Oliveira dominated the Sepang Moto2 race Sunday, winning the 19-lap contest by 2.3 seconds and never coming under attack the entire way. The wire-to-wire win -- Oliveira led at times by as much as five seconds -- is the Portugese rider's second of the season and second in a row. 

Brad Binder charged through the field from eighth to take second -- his second second-place in a row. And World Champion Franco Morbidelli put the exclamation point on his championship with the final spot on the podium. Morbidelli, who has won eight races this year with one race to go, was crowned champion prior to the contest when injuries from qualifying prevented rival Thomas Luthi from making the start.

Mattia Pasini, more than 21-seconds back, took fourth just in front of Fancesco Bagnaia (5th) in a race that saw 10 riders crash. Hometown favorite Hafizh Syahrin climbed as high as fourth in the middle of the contest before losing ground and finishing sixth. Fabio Quartararo got his fourth, top-10 finish of the year with seventh. Xavi Vierge (8th), Isaac Vinales (9th) and Tetsuda Nagashima founded out the top 10.

Result:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time / Diff.
1 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 40'28.955
2 41 Brad BINDER KTM 2.387
3 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 6.878
4 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 21.774
5 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 22.086
6 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 23.41
7 40 Fabio QUARTARARO Kalex 23.488
8 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 24.976
9 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 25.044
10 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 27.199
11 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 28.614
12 37 Augusto FERNANDEZ Speed Up 29.125
13 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 31.978
14 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 44.346
15 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 45.088
16 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 51.358
17 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Suter 59.328
18 15 Alex DE ANGELIS Kalex +1'24.767
Not Classified      
  7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 8 Laps
  62 Stefano MANZI Kalex 9 Laps
  49 Axel PONS Kalex 12 Laps
  26 Dimas EKKY PRATAMA Kalex 18 Laps
  87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 18 Laps
  73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 18 Laps
Not Finished 1st Lap    
  30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 0 Lap
  11 Sandro CORTESE Suter 0 Lap
  10 Luca MARINI Kalex 0 Lap
  89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 0 Lap
         

 

Round Number: 
17
2017
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