MotoGP World Championship, Malaysian Grand Prix

Miller the most

Tenth in Australia, eighth in Malaysia, Jack Miller set things right again at the end of the season, which is good news for the next MotoGP championship.

The Races

Once again, the rain disrupted the weekend of the Malaysian Grand Prix. Even though the temperatures were much warmer than at Phillip Island, the showers further complicated the work of the riders and their teams. Avoiding the traps as he managed to do in Australia, on his home home turf, Jack Miller once again fought it out with the top ten. He crossed the finish line in eighth position this time but above all was the first Honda rider.

Lacking feeling on the wet track, Rabat could do no better than eighteenth. In Moto2, the two riders of Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS shone between the raindrops. For a long time the race leader, Morbidelli only bowed out in the final laps against the now twin world champion Johann Zarco. Marquez recovered from his tough Australian weekend by snatchin­g a nice seventh place.

The Championship

With his new second place, Morbidelli is now only six points from the third place in the championship, held by Alex Rins. Marquez has moved back up to twelfth position. In MotoGP, Miller has moved up one place, and is now seventeenth. Rabat has slipped back to twenty-first.

The Background

I didn’t think Johann was going to attack like that at the end of the race. He could have stayed behind me since a second place was all he needed to win the title…

Franco Morbidelli

At the finish of the Malaysian Grand Prix he ended with a new second place, his fourth since the beginning of the season, Franco Morbidelli was still in good humour. The friendly rider of the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS not only scored his fourth podium in a row, but is also becoming increasingly effective. An associate of the Academy VR46, the Italian is a student highly appreciated by the master Valentino Rossi.

Franco is not far from victory,” ensures the nine-time world champion. “He’s a talented and hardworking young rider. As soon as he wins his first Grand Prix, he’ll move up a gear. He has everything he needs to become a candidate for the Moto2 world champion title starting next year.

Valentino Rossi

For now, Franco would like to get the upper hand over Rins at the next race in Valencia and take third place in the overall classification.

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