Moto2 World Championship runner-up Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM) won today’s Moto2 race, the last to be powered by Honda CBR600 engines, which have been used since the championship’s inaugural 2010 season. During that time Honda’s four-cylinder 600cc streetbike engines have completed 158 races and covered almost 2.8 million kilometres (1.7 million miles), more than three returns trips to the moon, with only a handful of failures during that time.

The race started on a soaking wet track, with 15 crashes during the 25 laps. Oliveira led the early stages, before Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex) took over at the front. Honda’s 2014 Moto3 World Champion forced the pace, upping his speed throughout, while Oliveira gave chase, followed by Xavi Vierge (Dynavolt Intact GP Suter) and Iker Lecuona (Swiss Innovative Investors KTM).

Sadly, Marquez’s hopes of scoring his first victory of the year ended when he slid off. The 22-year-old Spaniard hastily remounted and did superbly to take the final place on the podium in third place, some way behind podium first-timer Lecuona and Oliveira. Vierge also crashed and was unable to continue.

Twenty-year-old Australian Remy Gardner (Tech 3 Racing Tech 3), son of Honda’s 1987 500cc World Champion, muscled his way into fifth place in the final laps, his best-ever Grand Prix finish. His last victim was Catalan GP winner Fabio Quartararo (Speed Up Racing Speed Up), who bettered Marcel Schrotter (Dynavolt Intact GP Suter) by less than a second. Twenty-one-year-old Grand Prix newcomer Augusto Fernandez (Pons HP40 Kalex) had another great ride to eighth, less than a second behind Schrotter.

The Moto2 top ten was completed by Andrea Locatelli (Italtrans Racing Team Kalex) and Simone Corsi (Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 Kalex). Tetsuta Nagashima (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia Kalex) finished the race two places behind Corsi, equalling his second-best result of the season.

This year’s Moto2 World Champion Francesco Bagnaia (Sky Racing Team VR46 Kalex) finished 14th after being barged off the track after just two corners when team-mate and pole-starter Luca Marini (Sky Racing Team VR46 Kalex) fell, along with Lorenzo Baldassarri (Pons HP40 Kalex) and Joan Mir (EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex).

MotoGP winter testing begins at Valencia on Tuesday. The two-day outing is followed by another two-day session at Jerez later this month. Next year’s testing starts at Sepang, Malaysia, in February.

Miguel Oliveira

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We end the season with a great result that was what we were looking for this weekend. We took a victory in difficult conditions, because the track was drying out and the tyre temperature was increasing, making it very easy to make a mistake. I tried to control my pace, not brake too hard, not push excessively and take the win. Today the most important thing was not to be the fastest rider; It was a matter of being consistent and not making mistakes. At the start I calmed down and focused on taking the lead, but then I saw that Marquez was coming through strong and I did not want to fight so early in the race. I stayed behind him until he made the mistake and I was able to control the rest of the race. It is important to have won the team championship because the guys have been working hard for many races and tests. We have always fought for the top positions. I congratulate everyone for this achievement. We have been able to finish on a high with Red Bull KTM Ajo. I thank them for three amazing years.

Red Bull KTM Ajo
Oliveira wins last Moto2 race to be powered by Honda CBR600 engines

Iker Lecuona

That was amazing – the race was so difficult because yesterday qualifying went so badly for us after I had a crash. This morning when we saw the rain we thought this will be perfect for me, because on Friday I worked very well with my team in the rain and we got some good lap times. I pushed a lot in the race, and when Marquez and Vierge crashed I made sure that I was very smooth, so that I dint also crash. It’s an amazing day – thanks to everyone who pushed me to this result.

Alex Marquez

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To come back and finish on the podium after my crash is a good result which secured my fourth place in the championship which is satisfying. I’m a little disappointed because the victory was there, I could feel it, but I was pushing a lot out front. I decided to breathe a little bit and be more calm but made a small mistake. The podium is a good finish to the season and I want to thank my team who did a great job and I’m happy for that even though the results we expected did not come.

EG 0,0 Marc VDS
Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana

Comunitat Valenciana, Spain

Moto2 2018, Round 19

Rain / 14
Sunday 18 Nov 2018, 13:26 UTC
  • Track Condition: Wet
  • Air Temp: 14°C
  • Humidity: 98%
  • Ground Temp: 14°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Miguel Oliveira 44 POR 25 Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 45'07.639
2 Iker Lecuona 27 SPA 20 Swiss Innovative Investors KTM +13.201
3 Alex Marquez 73 SPA 16 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex +22.175
4 Mattia Pasini 54 ITA 13 Italtrans Racing Team Kalex +28.892
5 Remy Gardner 87 AUS 11 Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 +30.106
6 Fabio Quartararo 20 FRA 10 Beta Tools – Speed Up Racing Speed Up +32.126
7 Marcel Schrotter 23 GER 9 Dynavolt Intact GP Suter +33.086
8 Augusto Fernandez 40 SPA 8 Pons HP40 Kalex +33.950
9 Andrea Locatelli 5 ITA 7 Italtrans Racing Team Kalex +35.707
10 Simone Corsi 24 ITA 6 Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 Kalex +37.019
11 Dominique Aegerter 77 SWI 5 Kiefer Racing KTM +43.844
12 Tetsuta Nagashima 45 JPN 4 IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex +45.871
13 Steven Odendaal 4 RSA 3 NTS RW Racing GP NTS +49.113
14 Francesco Bagnaia 42 ITA 2 SKY Racing Team VR46 Kalex +53.288
15 Jesko Raffin 2 SWI 1 Temporary Lavorint SAG Team Kalex +1'08.712
16 Isaac Viñales 32 SPA 0 SAG Team Kalex +1'25.666
17 Xavi Cardelus 18 AND 0 Team Stylobike Kalex +1'32.166
18 Jules Danilo 95 FRA 0 SAG Team Kalex +1'47.502
19 Federico Fuligni 21 ITA 0 Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 Kalex +1 lap
20 Lukas Tulovic 3 GER 0 Forward Racing Team Suter +1 lap
Cloudy / 17
Saturday 17 Nov 2018, 15:26 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 17°C
  • Humidity: 79%
  • Ground Temp: 18°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Luca Marini 10 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 Kalex 1'35.777
2 Xavi Vierge 97 SPA Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex 1'35.804
3 Marcel Schrotter 23 GER Dynavolt Intact GP Suter 1'35.945
4 Francesco Bagnaia 42 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 Kalex 1'36.173
5 Lorenzo Baldassarri 7 ITA Pons HP40 Kalex 1'36.270
6 Sam Lowes 22 GBR Swiss Innovative Investors KTM 1'36.335
7 Joan Mir 36 SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex 1'36.336
8 Augusto Fernandez 40 SPA Pons HP40 Kalex 1'36.380
9 Fabio Quartararo 20 FRA Beta Tools – Speed Up Racing Speed Up 1'36.396
10 Miguel Oliveira 44 POR Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 1'36.429
11 Brad Binder 41 RSA Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 1'36.464
12 Jesko Raffin 2 SWI Temporary Lavorint SAG Team Kalex 1'36.499
13 Simone Corsi 24 ITA Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 Kalex 1'36.515
14 Mattia Pasini 54 ITA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 1'36.532
15 Khairul Idham Pawi 89 MAL IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex 1'36.572
16 Alex Marquez 73 SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex 1'36.580
17 Remy Gardner 87 AUS Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 1'36.595
18 Andrea Locatelli 5 ITA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 1'36.638
19 Joe Roberts 16 USA NTS RW Racing GP NTS 1'36.656
20 Tetsuta Nagashima 45 JPN IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex 1'36.667
21 Iker Lecuona 27 SPA Swiss Innovative Investors KTM 1'36.671
22 Steven Odendaal 4 RSA NTS RW Racing GP NTS 1'36.819
23 Jorge Navarro 9 SPA Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex 1'36.909
24 Dominique Aegerter 77 SWI Kiefer Racing KTM 1'36.976
25 Hector Garzo 14 SPA Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 1'37.444
26 Niki Tuuli 66 FIN Petronas Sprinta Racing Kalex 1'37.457
27 Tommaso Marcon 70 ITA Speed Up Racing Speed Up 1'37.483
28 Federico Fuligni 21 ITA Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 Kalex 1'38.351
29 Isaac Viñales 32 SPA SAG Team Kalex 1'38.406
30 Xavi Cardelus 18 AND Team Stylobike Kalex 1'38.718
31 Jules Danilo 95 FRA SAG Team Kalex 1'39.275
32 Lukas Tulovic 3 GER Forward Racing Team Suter 1'39.600
Rider Standings
Sunday, 18 Nov 2018 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Francesco BAGNAIA 42 ITA 301 SKY Racing Team VR46 Kalex
2 Miguel OLIVEIRA 44 POR 294 Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM
3 Brad BINDER 41 RSA 200 Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM
4 Alex MARQUEZ 73 SPA 171 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex
5 Fabio QUARTARARO 20 FRA 163 Beta Tools – Speed Up Racing Speed Up
6 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI 7 ITA 158 Pons HP40 Kalex
7 Joan MIR 36 SPA 154 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex
8 Luca MARINI 10 ITA 146 SKY Racing Team VR46 Kalex
9 Marcel SCHROTTER 23 GER 146 Dynavolt Intact GP Suter
10 Mattia PASINI 54 ITA 140 Italtrans Racing Team Kalex
11 Xavi VIERGE 97 SPA 130 Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex
12 Iker LECUONA 27 SPA 79 Swiss Innovative Investors KTM
13 Jorge NAVARRO 9 SPA 58 Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex
14 Andrea LOCATELLI 5 ITA 52 Italtrans Racing Team Kalex
15 Simone CORSI 24 ITA 51 Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 Kalex
16 Sam LOWES 22 GBR 49 Swiss Innovative Investors KTM
17 Dominique AEGERTER 77 SWI 46 Kiefer Racing KTM
18 Augusto FERNANDEZ 40 SPA 44 Pons HP40 Kalex
19 Remy GARDNER 87 AUS 39 Tech 3 Racing Tech 3
20 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA 45 JPN 26 IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex
21 Romano FENATI 13 ITA 14 Marinelli Snipers Team Kalex
22 Jesko RAFFIN 2 SWI 10 Temporary Lavorint SAG Team Kalex
23 Hector BARBERA 40 SPA 10 Pons HP40 Kalex
24 Stefano MANZI 62 ITA 8 Forward Racing Team Kalex
25 Danny KENT 52 GBR 8 Beta Tools – Speed Up Racing Speed Up
26 Isaac VIñALES 32 SPA 7 SAG Team Kalex
27 Joe ROBERTS 16 USA 5 NTS RW Racing GP NTS
28 Steven ODENDAAL 4 RSA 4 NTS RW Racing GP NTS
29 Bo BENDSNEYDER 64 NDL 3 Tech 3 Racing Tech 3
30 Khairul Idham PAWI 89 MAL 2 IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex
31 Edgar PONS 57 SPA 1 AGR Team Kalex
32 Niki TUULI 66 FIN 1 Petronas Sprinta Racing Kalex