MORBIDELLI SCORES WIN AND MO­TOGP RIDE

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Moto2 ti­tle favourite Franco Morbidelli dou­bled up at Assen to take not only an­other win in the mid­dleweight class and ex­tend his lead to 12 points over Thomas Luthi, but also to walk away from the week­end with a new con­tract that will see him step up to Mo­togp with his Marc VDS squad in 2018.

The Ital­ian-brazil­ian racer set him­self up per­fectly to take the top spot at Assen, pick­ing his way through the field to win ahead of cham­pi­onship ri­val Luthi, with Ja­panese rider Takaaki Nak­agami tak­ing third after Mugello win­ner Mat­tia Pasini was docked a place for cut­ting the fi­nal chi­cane.

But it was his off-the-track ac­tions at the Dutch race that made the head­lines for Morbidelli, as he fi­nally con­firmed he will race in Mo­togp in 2018 and 2019 on a MARCVDS Honda.

He said: “I’m ex­cited by the thought of Mo­togp and I’m happy to be mak­ing the step up to the premier class with the team, and with peo­ple I know and have worked along­side al­ready. It’s a big chal­lenge, but it’s def­i­nitely one that I’m look­ing for­ward to. But for now my fo­cus is on this year, so think­ing about Mo­togp will have to wait un­til after the fi­nal Moto2 race of the sea­son in Va­len­cia.”

‘I’m ex­cited by Mo­togp and I’m happy to be mak­ing the step up’ FRANCO MORBIDELLI

Good week­end all-round for Franco

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