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MotoGP World Championship – Malaysian Grand Prix (Sepang), October 201730.10.2017


Morbidelli World Champion

After riding a remarkable season, in Malaysia Franco Morbidelli won the title as Moto2 world champion. The Italian will make his debut next year in the MotoGP category.

The Races

Free of any pressure even before the start after Lüthi had withdrawn, Morbidelli approached the Malaysian Grand Prix with every intent to clinch his ninth victory. But as in Australia, the two KTMs of Oliveira and Binder prevented him from doing so.

I wanted to make it to the podium;  I knew this morning that Tom had withdrawn, and I’m sorry for him, but I couldn’t believe I was world champion before finishing this race. In the last laps I hesitated about trying to catch up with Binder, but the rain held me back. Finishing third was enough to get onto the podium and celebrate winning the title.

Franco Morbidelli

Victim of two falls early in the race, Alex Marquez threw in the towel after the first lap. In MotoGP, Jack Miller chalked up his second top ten in a row by placing eighth, between the two official Yamaha bikes ridden by Rossi and Viñales.

It was a good weekend for me because I rode well whether the track was dry or wet.

Jack Miller

said the Australian who is still suffering from his right leg which he recently fractured. The race having taken place in the rain, Rabat was still struggling to find his feet with his Honda RC213V. The Spaniard finished eighteenth. In Moto3, Kornfeil and Pulkkinen ranked twenty-first and twenty-third.

The Championship

Winning the world championship title in Malaysia, Morbidelli now has 288 points, 45 more than Tom Lüthi in the Moto2 standings. With his Did Not Finish at Sepang, Alex Marquez lost his third place in the championship to Oliveira, winner of the last two races. Now with 45 points, in MotoGP Miller consolidated his twelfth place, while Rabat remains in twentieth position. Abraham did not score any points in Malaysia, so the Spaniard is one point behind the Czech. In Moto3, Kornfeil has lost one place and is back in twenty-second position.

The Background

At the age of 22, Franco Morbidelli won his first World Championship title in the Moto2 class on the Sepang circuit in Malaysia. Only Thomas Lüthi could still have prevented him from doing so. But after being injured during the practice test sessions, the Swiss had to give up the race. So even before the start of the penultimate race of the season, the Marc VDS rider had won the title, rewarding a faultless season. Leader from start to finish with eleven podiums including eight victories, Morbidelli was head and shoulders above the pack in the 2017 championship.

When your childhood dream comes true, there are no words to describe how you feel ; I can never thank my parents enough for all the sacrifices they made for me.

Franco Morbidelli

Born in Rome to a modest family, Morbidelli did not arrive in Grand Prix racing the usual way.

We did not have enough money for me to race in the Spanish championship after I started in Minimoto; So I raced the 600 Superstock European Championship. I won it and was given a chance to try a Moto2.

Four years later, Morbidelli has become world champion.