Tony Arbolino Wins in Malaysia as Ai Ogura Crashes Out of the Lead on the Final Lap.
Honda Team Asia’s Ai Ogura was on pole position for the Moto2 race in Malaysia, Elf Marc VDS Racing’s Tony Arbolino was in second place with Flexbox HP40’s Aron Canet lining up in third place on the grid.
Lights out and it was Tony Arbolino who lead the field of riders into turn one, Somkiat Chantra hit the back wheel of Britian’s Jake Dixon as they tipped into turn two, the incident brought down Pedro Acosta, Alessandro Zaccone and David Sanchis.
Jake Dixon managed to avoid the mallee at turn two and was in third place. Arbolino was in first place, pole man Ogura was in second place. Canet dropped down to 14th place due to the incident at turn two.
With 16 laps to go Alonso Lopez was in third place, Jake had dropped to fifth place, Canet hadn’t managed to progress any further up the field and was still in 14th place. The conditions were quite sketchy due to the circuit still having damp patches.
The leading duo had just over a second gap to third placed rider Alonso Lopez, Augusto Fernandez was putting Jake under pressure for fourth place. Celestino Vietti crashed at the final corner whilst the Italian was running in 13th place.
Manuel Gonzalez passed Lopez for third place with 10 laps remaining to the race, Jake was still holding onto fifth place. Ogura was chipping away in second place to gain on Arbolino, Canet was up to eighth place.
Pedro Acosta managed to remount after the first lap incident he got caught up in but unfortunately the Spaniard crashed out with nine laps to go.
Ogura closed in on Arbolino and made the pass for first place, the lead only lasted for one lap as Orgura ran wide at turn one and lost the lead to Arbolino. Lopez took third place at turn 11 from Manuel, Dixon and Fernandez were dicing for fourth place.
Dixon passed Gonzalez on the final lap for fourth place, Fernandez also passed Gonzalez a few corners later. Disaster for Ogura he lost the front at turn nine and crashed out of the race just as he tried to pass Arbolino for the lead!
Arbolino crossed the finish line to take the win, Lopez was second with Britain’s Jake Dixon finishing in third place, another podium finish for the GASGAS rider.
Fernandez is leading the championship standings by 9.5 points from Ogura, the Moto2 title hunt will now be decided in Valencia in two weeks time.
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