In the Honda CBR600-powered Moto2 class, Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport Kalex) wrapped up his second world title in succession with a classy win on a wet track. After securing a dominant pole position by a full two seconds, Zarco started calmly, felt his way into the race, and then pounced on early leader Franco Morbidelli (Estrella Galicia 0.0 Marc VDS Kalex) on lap 14 of 19.
From there, Zarco eased clear of the Italian and Jonas Folger (Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex) at a rapid rate to become the first rider to successfully defend a Moto2 World Championship since the category’s birth in 2010.
Zarco had strong midseason form – with four wins in five – but then went through a fallow period of results, scoring only one podium finish in the next six races. His task today was to finish ahead of Thomas Luthi (Garage Plus Interwetten Kalex) to wrap-up the title.
Continuing his rich vein of form, Morbidelli took advantage of a late Folger mistake to take second, his fourth consecutive podium finish, with the German completing the top-three. Lorenzo Baldassarri (Forward Team Kalex) broke clear of an intense fight for fourth, while home hero Hafizh Syahrin (Petronas Raceline Malaysia Kalex) took a fine fifth. Luthi was sixth, ahead of Alex Marquez (Estrella Galicia 0.0 Marc VDS Kalex), Xavi Vierge (Tech 3 Racing Tech3), Luca Marini (Forward Team Kalex) and Isaac Vinales (Tech 3 Racing Tech3).