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).

Johann Zarco

Johann Zarco 5

1st

“It's great to be the first two-time Moto2 World Champion of Moto2, and it's hard not to cry at a moment like this. It was a good race in wet conditions for me, as although I was not the fastest. I had a good pace and could follow Franco [Morbidelli]. Then the track began to dry out and, like yesterday in qualifying, I felt a lot better than my rivals, found my line and could find some references. It is great to take the win and the title. A lot of things went through my mind on the last three laps, and I had to be very focused, but the advantage of three seconds made me more confident, if not calmer. I want to thank the Ajo Motorsport and everyone who has supported me. I love all my family and also my ‘motorcycle family', and wish the best for them. It is very nice to be World Champion for the second time with them. This title has been more exciting than last year’s, because the situation was different, it was harder and I had more pressure on me. Now it’s time to celebrate with everyone and go to Valencia without pressure.”

Ajo Motorsport
Franco Morbidelli

Franco Morbidelli 21

2nd

“I struggled a little to understand that with the championship already done why Johann kept pushing in second place but it was a nice race and congratulations to him for winning the championship. I was very fast in the wet conditions but when the track started to dry out I could not keep the same pace with Johann but I could hold second with is great for me and the team. I go to Valencia with a good feeling for the final race and to aim for third position in the championship.”

EG 0,0 Marc VDS
Jonas Folger

Jonas Folger 94

3rd

“Just before the race it looked like it was going to be dry and then it started to rain! Anyway, we were prepared for the rain so I had good confidence at the start of the race but I was struggling a bit with traction. At the end of the race there were some dry lines. I pushed and passed Franco but I made a big mistake, tucked the front tyre three times in one entry. I went really wide and Franco went through again. I lost one place but it’s good to have another podium, especially before the last race. I’m very happy for Johann. He did an amazing season and he deserves it. I hope I can learn some things from him next year.”

Dynavolt Intact GP
Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix

Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia

Moto2 2016, Round 17

Overcast / 31
Sunday 30 Oct 2016, 07:36 UTC
  • Track Condition: Wet
  • Air Temp: 31°C
  • Humidity: 82%
  • Ground Temp: 35°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Johann Zarco 5 FRA 25 Ajo Motorsport Kalex 45'51.036
2 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA 20 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex +3.256
3 Jonas Folger 94 GER 16 Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex +3.689
4 Lorenzo Baldassarri 7 ITA 13 Forward Racing Kalex +21.428
5 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA 11 Petronas Raceline Malaysia Kalex +24.700
6 Thomas Luthi 12 SWI 10 Garage Plus Interwetten Kalex +26.184
7 Alex Marquez 73 SPA 9 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex +28.177
8 Xavi Vierge 97 SPA 8 Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 +28.855
9 Luca Marini 10 ITA 7 Forward Racing Kalex +29.247
10 Isaac Viñales 32 SPA 6 Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 +29.969
11 Simone Corsi 24 ITA 5 Speed Up Racing Speed Up +30.866
12 Ramdan Rosli 93 MAL 4 Petronas AHM Malaysia Kalex +31.260
13 Remy Gardner 87 AUS 3 Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 Kalex +31.793
14 Alex Rins 40 SPA 2 Paginas Amarillas HP 40 Kalex +34.697
15 Xavier Simeon 19 BEL 1 QMMF Racing Team Speed Up +46.669
16 Jesko Raffin 2 SWI 0 Sports-Millions-EMWE-SAG Kalex +49.126
17 Sandro Cortese 11 GER 0 Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex +49.293
18 Danny Kent 52 GBR 0 Leopard Racing Kalex +51.610
19 Edgar Pons 57 SPA 0 Paginas Amarillas HP 40 Kalex +54.949
20 Marcel Schrotter 23 GER 0 AGR Team Kalex +55.461
21 Takaaki Nakagami 30 JPN 0 IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex +1'08.613
22 Iker Lecuona 27 SPA 0 CarXpert Interwetten Kalex +1'16.574
23 Mattia Pasini 54 ITA 0 Italtrans Racing Team Kalex +1'25.838
24 Ratthapark Wilairot 14 THA 0 IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex +2'01.635
NC Robin Mulhauser 70 SWI 0 CarXpert Interwetten Kalex DNF
NC Axel Pons 49 SPA 0 AGR Team Kalex DNF
NC Sam Lowes 22 GBR 0 Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex DNF
Saturday 29 Oct 2016, 11:55 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Johann Zarco 5 FRA Ajo Motorsport Kalex 2'18.621
2 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex +2'20.755
3 Axel Pons 49 SPA AGR Team Kalex +2'21.383
4 Jonas Folger 94 GER Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex +2'21.559
5 Thomas Luthi 12 SWI Garage Plus Interwetten Kalex +2'21.775
6 Lorenzo Baldassarri 7 ITA Forward Racing Kalex +2'21.836
7 Xavier Simeon 19 BEL QMMF Racing Team Speed Up +2'21.941
8 Mattia Pasini 54 ITA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex +2'22.029
9 Remy Gardner 87 AUS Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 Kalex +2'22.070
10 Simone Corsi 24 ITA Speed Up Racing Speed Up +2'22.107
11 Luca Marini 10 ITA Forward Racing Kalex +2'22.556
12 Ramdan Rosli 93 MAL Petronas AHM Malaysia Kalex +2'22.697
13 Sam Lowes 22 GBR Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex +2'23.187
14 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA Petronas Raceline Malaysia Kalex +2'23.213
15 Sandro Cortese 11 GER Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex +2'23.387
16 Alessandro Tonucci 33 ITA Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 Kalex +2'23.629
17 Iker Lecuona 27 SPA CarXpert Interwetten Kalex +2'23.677
18 Edgar Pons 57 SPA Paginas Amarillas HP 40 Kalex +2'23.785
19 Isaac Viñales 32 SPA Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 +2'23.913
20 Takaaki Nakagami 30 JPN IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex +2'23.935
Rider Standings
Sunday, 30 Oct 2016 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Johann ZARCO 5 FRA 251 Ajo Motorsport Kalex
2 Thomas LUTHI 12 SWI 214 Garage Plus Interwetten Kalex
3 Alex RINS 40 SPA 203 Paginas Amarillas HP 40 Kalex
4 Franco MORBIDELLI 21 ITA 197 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex
5 Sam LOWES 22 GBR 162 Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex
6 Jonas FOLGER 94 GER 159 Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex
7 Takaaki NAKAGAMI 30 JPN 159 IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex
8 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI 7 ITA 125 Forward Racing Kalex
9 Hafizh SYAHRIN 55 THA 117 Petronas Raceline Malaysia Kalex
10 Simone CORSI 24 ITA 98 Speed Up Racing Speed Up
11 Dominique AEGERTER 77 SWI 71 CarXpert Interwetten Kalex
12 Alex MARQUEZ 73 SPA 69 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex
13 Mattia PASINI 54 ITA 63 Italtrans Racing Team Kalex
14 Sandro CORTESE 11 GER 61 Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex
15 Marcel SCHROTTER 23 GER 58 AGR Team Kalex
16 Axel PONS 49 SPA 55 AGR Team Kalex
17 Xavier SIMEON 19 BEL 46 QMMF Racing Team Speed Up
18 Julian SIMON 60 SPA 40 QMMF Racing Team Speed Up
19 Luis SALOM 39 SPA 37 SAG Team Kalex
20 Luca MARINI 10 ITA 34 Forward Racing Kalex
21 Xavi VIERGE 97 SPA 33 Tech 3 Racing Tech 3
22 Miguel OLIVEIRA 44 POR 33 Leopard Racing Kalex
23 Danny KENT 52 GBR 28 Leopard Racing Kalex
24 Isaac VIñALES 32 SPA 19 Tech 3 Racing Tech 3
25 Jesko RAFFIN 2 SWI 14 Sports-Millions-EMWE-SAG Kalex
26 Remy GARDNER 87 AUS 8 Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 Kalex
27 Anthony WEST 95 AUS 6 Montaze Broz Racing Team Suter
28 Ratthapark WILAIROT 14 THA 6 IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex
29 Ramdan ROSLI 93 MAL 4 Petronas AHM Malaysia Kalex
30 Robin MULHAUSER 70 SWI 4 CarXpert Interwetten Kalex
31 Edgar PONS 57 SPA 4 Paginas Amarillas HP 40 Kalex
32 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA 45 JPN 2 Ajo Motorsport Kalex