Bag­naia is crowned Moto2 king

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Motogp -

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

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