Moto2: Morbidelli ‘living the dream’ after another win

Published: 04 July 2017

Moto2 championship leader Franco Morbidelli says he’s ‘living the dream’ after taking yet another win in the middleweight class to go into the summer break with a comfortable 34-point championship lead.

Looking unbreakable during Sunday’s German Grand Prix to hold off the attentions of Tom Luthi, teammate Alex Marquez and the KTM of Miguel Oliveira, he said after the race that he was still having to pinch himself to make sure his dream season was real.

“After this sixth win of the season I am living the dream and don’t want to wake up. It was a very difficult race especially to defend the lead against Miguel who caught me very fast in the middle of the race. But then he did not overtake and if he had done I would have been struggling. I was getting ready for a big battle over the final two laps. It was not easy but I did a very good final lap and that gave me the victory. Thanks to my team for all the hard work.”

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However, it was a less successful day for teammate and main title contender Alex Marquez, as the Spaniard was lucky to limp away from a fast crash in the middle part of Sunday’s race that saw him tangle with his marc VDS Kalex machine as they fell.

"Today's race was not how we were hoping to round out the first half of the season. From the second lap I was struggling for grip and I had a big moment in turn seven when I shut the gas, with the rear trying to come round on me. The same happened two laps later at turn two and there was nothing I could do, the rear just went and I was down.

“Anyway, like I said, this isn't how we wanted to finish the first half of the season but now we have some time to recover before returning to action in Brno, one of my favourite tracks and where I hope to start the second half of the season strongly."

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