Moto2: Oliveira and Binder double up for KTM

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Miguel Oliveira and Brad Binder have made it two one-twos for the Red Bull KTM Ajo squad in two races, after the pair took another incredible result at the Malaysian Grand Prix to back up last weekend’s Phillip Island performance.

The race was almost an exact repeat of last weekend’s, too, with Oliveira riding away from the pack and leaving Binder to scrap with new champion Franco Morbidelli, crowned before the race after a crash for Thomas Luthi in qualifying saw him ruled out of the race.

But despite the title being on the line, there was nothing that Morbidelli could to do to stop the charge of Oliveira, with the Portuguese racer admitting after the race that that had been his plan from the start.

“Today I had to give everything, I can hardly speak. This was not the strategy I had in mind before we started, as Franco and Brad had a very good pace, so my plan was to ride behind them. But I saw that I could give a little more on the first few laps and I went for it. I gave everything I had and I am very proud to have succeeded. At the beginning of the season I did not imagine that we would be able to achieve these results. I thought we would be competitive but not that we would do so well. We deserve this end to the season.”

Mattia Pasini came home in fourth ahead of Francesco Bagnaia, with home hero Hafizh Syahrin winning the battle for sixth from Fabio Quartararo, Xavi Vierge and Isaac Viñales, with Tetsuta Nagashima rounding out the top ten.

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer