Bagnaia is crowned Moto2 king
Francesco Bagnaia claimed the 2018 Moto2 title in style, doing what he needed to do in Sunday’s race at Sepang to come home safely on the podium in a race won by his Team Sky VR46 team-mate Luca Marini.
The Italian had controlled the series since the opening day when he took his first Moto2 win. Regular wins throughout the season meant that there was nothing that main rival Miguel Oliveira could do even though he took an equal number of podium places throughout the year.
But while he might have played it safe on Sunday, protected by a brace of his countrymen in the form of Marini, friend Mattia Pasini and room-mate Lorenzo Baldassarri, Bagnaia also proved he could scrap for wins.
The 21-year-old told MCN: “All season long, the team has worked well, the bike has worked well and I have always had the possibility to win. I tried to push from the start of the season and the win in Qatar was incredible.”
Bagnaia will now make the step up to the premier class next season with the Pramac Ducati squad.
“I signed for Motogp when I still had no victories in Moto2 and people asked why I was making the move without winning. But for me it was clear that I was already going to do better in 2018 and with the good opportunity with Pramac and Ducati I knew I could sign and have a clear mind for the rest of the season and focus on the Moto2 championship. That has been my strongest point this season.”
Bagnaia is on his way to Motogp