GP of Malaysia

Rabat on top of the world

By finishing on the podium at Sepang, Tito Rabat won the World Champion Moto2 title for 2014. A well-deserved reward for the Marc VDS rider who has never left the top spot in the overall standings.

The Races

Even if Mika Kallio won, Tito Rabat could settle for a seventh place to secure the world champion title before the last race of the season in Valencia. The Spaniard did even better by taking third place on the podium after leading the race for the first few kilometers. His Finnish teammate did everything he could to win but finally lost to Viñales. In

2014 17 GP Malaysia 00642MotoGP, Stefan Bradl resisted well until the finish, fighting it out neck to neck with Bradley Smith to take the checkered flag in fourth position, matching his best performance of the season. Jorge Navarro produced his best result since his arrival in Grand Prix, taking twelfth place in the Moto3 race. Oliveira was less successful, the Mahindra rider crashing out into the gravel in the first lap after starting in the lead group. Andrea Migno also fell before the finish.

The Championship

Even before the last race of the season in Valencia, Tito Rabat was crowned Moto2 World Champion in Malaysia. The Spanish rider, who has never lost the first place overall since the opening event in Qatar, will be the first champion of the category to put the title up for grabs next season. Even if he could not prevent Viñales from pocketing another victory at Sepang, Kallio kept hold of second place in the championship with a five-point lead over the rider of Sito Pons’ team. In MotoGP, Stefan Bradl took advantage of his fourth place and the withdrawal of Andrea Iannone to move up to ninth place in the championship. In Moto3, Oliveira has returned to eleventh position while Navarro has gained two places and is now in twenty-third place with one Grand Prix to go. Migno has dropped back to twenty-fifth place.

The Background

With twenty-four motorbikes per hundred inhabitants, Malaysia is the country in South-East Asia with the highest density of motorized two-wheelers. “It is also one of the countries with the highest number of victims of road accidents,” says Antonio Miranda, Managing Director of Total Oil Malaysia. Hence the idea of setting up an information campaign on road safety. “We’ve set up the campaign in twenty countries in the Asia Pacific region with simple messages to drivers of motorcycles, cars and trucks. By drawing a parallel between the performance of our products in protecting engines, we want to encourage bike riders to wear helmets, car drivers to use seatbelts, and truck drivers to comply with braking distances.” The subsidiary that communicates best on these issues will win Stefan Bradl’s helmet. The MotoGP rider of the Honda LCR team was willingly involved in the launch of the campaign at the Malaysian Grand Prix by signing the helmet that will be used for the award.

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