2018 Thailand Moto2 and Moto3 Sunday Results

Michael Scott | October 7, 2018

2018 Thailand Moto2 and Moto3 Sunday Results

Moto 2 Race – 24 laps, 109.296 km

Moto2 Championship leader Pecco Bagnaia (No. 42) scored his seventh win of the year Sunday in Buriram. (Gold & Goose photo)

The race was already compelling. Then at the finish it became fascinating – and deeply depressing for the Red Bull KTM teamsters, as championship leader Pecco Bagnaia’s seventh win of the year was in the last lap backed when SKY VR46 Kalex team-mate Luca Marini pushed past into a valuable second place.

Title rival Miguel Oliveira had disputed the lead in the early stages, but suffering brake problems had been obliged to settle for second as Bagnaia took firm control at half distance. Then it became third, costing him another four points.

His Red Bull team-mate Brad Binder had been shadowing him throughout, with each having at least a spell in the lead in the early stages … but he had perforce succumbed to the late-charging Marini on the 22nd lap.

Bagnaia explained that he thought the hot conditions had “made it easier for me. I could see Oliveira was struggling, and I made my move.”

Oliveira was philosophical. “I pushed a lot, but I had a problem with the front brake – the lever was sometimes too close and sometimes so far, so I didn’t know how to adjust it. There are still four races – never give up.”

Fabio Quartararo (Speed Up) lost touch after fighting with Marini, and was a lone fourth, ahead of Mattia Pasini (Italtrans Kalex). Pole starter Lorenzo Baldassarri (Pons H40 Kalex) crashed out, trying to make up time lost after gear-shifting problems.

American Joe Roberts was 13th on the NTR, claiming his second points of the year.

Bagnaia stretched his advantage over Oliveira to 28 points, with four races left’ Binder’s finish reinforced his third overall ahead of Baldassarri and Alex Marquez (EG-VDS Kalex), who also crashed out for a fourth time in five races.

PTT THAILAND GRAND PRIX
Moto2 Race Classification 2018
Buriram, Sunday, October 07, 2018

1 25 42 Francesco BAGNAIA ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 Kalex 168.1 39’00.009
2 20 10 Luca MARINI ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 Kalex 168.0 +1.512
3 16 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA POR Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 168.0 +1.651
4 13 41 Brad BINDER RSA Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 168.0 +1.808
5 11 20 Fabio QUARTARARO FRA MB Conveyors – Speed Up Speed Up 167.6 +6.260
6 10 54 Mattia PASINI ITA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 167.3 +11.784
7 9 27 Iker LECUONA SPA Swiss Innovative Investors KTM 167.0 +15.290
8 8 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA JPN IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex 166.9 +16.903
9 7 5 Andrea LOCATELLI ITA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 166.8 +18.608
10 6 24 Simone CORSI ITA Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 Kalex 166.6 +21.181
11 5 97 Xavi VIERGE SPA Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex 166.5 +22.021
12 4 87 Remy GARDNER AUS Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 166.4 +23.957
13 3 16 Joe ROBERTS USA NTS RW Racing GP NTS 166.3 +24.668
14 2 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER NED Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 166.2 +26.302
15 1 66 Niki TUULI FIN Petronas Sprinta Racing Kalex 166.2 +26.817
16 77 Dominique AEGERTER SWI Kiefer Racing KTM 165.9 +30.758
17 9 Jorge NAVARRO SPA Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex 165.6 +34.782
18 99 Thitipong WAROKORN THA SAG Team Kalex 165.4 +38.315
19 57 Edgar PONS SPA MB Conveyors – Speed Up Speed Up 165.3 +40.294
20 95 Jules DANILO FRA Nashi Argan SAG Team Kalex 165.2 +40.845
21 89 Khairul Idham PAWI MAL IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex 165.2 +41.349
22 18 Xavi CARDELUS AND Marinelli Snipers Team Kalex 165.0 +43.908
23 4 Steven ODENDAAL RSA NTS RW Racing GP NTS 164.1 +57.257
24 32 Isaac VIÑALES SPA Forward Racing Team Suter 163.9 +59.207
25 21 Federico FULIGNI ITA Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 Kalex 163.9 +59.383
Not Classified
22 Sam LOWES GBR Swiss Innovative Investors KTM 166.1 1 Lap
7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI ITA Pons HP40 Kalex 151.1 14 Laps
73 Alex MARQUEZ SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex 147.7 18 Laps
62 Stefano MANZI ITA Forward Racing Team Suter 157.5 23 Laps
Not Finished 1st Lap
40 Augusto FERNANDEZ SPA Pons HP40 Kalex 0 Lap
23 Marcel SCHROTTER GER Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex 0 Lap
36 Joan MIR SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex 0 Lap

 

Moto3 – 22 laps, 100.188km

Di Giannantonio, Thailand Moto3 race 2018
Fabio Di Giannantonio (No. 21) scored the victory in Thailand in the Moto3 race. (Gold & Goose photo)

Put 30 Moto3 rivals into an overheated cake-tin, shake it up for 38 minutes, then see who is on top. And who has fallen out. With long straights keeping the field packed close for the full 22 laps, five or six abreast into the corners, the first race of the day could hardly have been closer.

It brought a second win for Del Conca Gresini Honda rider Fabio Di Giannantonio, second place for Lorenzo Dalla Porto (Leopard Honda), and a classic first podium for rookie Dennis Foggia (SKY VR46 KTM), up from 25th on the grid.

And resentment boiling over for front-running Marco Bezzecchi (Redox Pruestel KTM), who had frequently led and had high hopes of closing the points gap on troubled title leader Jorge Martin. Instead, second Leopard Honda rider Enea Bastianini cut inside him for third into the last corner, only to fall under his wheels, taking both out.

Martin (Del Conca Honda) was struggling with a left hand that had frozen up because a pre-event massage to the wrist, broken five races before at Brno, had trapped a nerve. Not even sure he could start, the last-corner tangle promoted him to a fourth place that extended his points lead over no-score Bezzecchi to 26 points.

PTT THAILAND GRAND PRIX
Moto3 Race Classification 2018
Buriram, Sunday, October 07, 2018

1 25 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO ITA Del Conca Gresini Moto3 Honda 157.4 38’10.789
2 20 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA ITA Leopard Racing Honda 157.4 +0.135
3 16 10 Dennis FOGGIA ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM 157.4 +0.466
4 13 88 Jorge MARTIN SPA Del Conca Gresini Moto3 Honda 157.3 +0.980
5 11 19 Gabriel RODRIGO ARG RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM 157.3 +1.084
6 10 77 Vicente PEREZ SPA Reale Avintia Academy 77 KTM 157.3 +1.232
7 9 8 Nicolo BULEGA ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM 157.3 +1.312
8 8 42 Marcos RAMIREZ SPA Bester Capital Dubai KTM 157.3 +1.440
9 7 35 Somkiat CHANTRA THA AP Honda Racing Thailand Honda 157.3 +1.643
10 6 84 Jakub KORNFEIL CZE Redox PruestelGP KTM 157.3 +1.718
11 5 16 Andrea MIGNO ITA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM 157.2 +3.386
12 4 27 Kaito TOBA JPN Honda Team Asia Honda 157.1 +3.613
13 3 65 Philipp OETTL GER Sudmetal Schedl GP Racing KTM 157.1 +4.130
14 2 14 Tony ARBOLINO ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda 157.1 +4.319
15 1 7 Adam NORRODIN MAL Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda 157.1 +4.657
16 9 Apiwath WONGTHANANON THA VR46 Master Camp Team KTM 157.1 +4.802
17 5 Jaume MASIA SPA Bester Capital Dubai KTM 157.1 +4.884
18 52 Jeremy ALCOBA SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda 155.8 +23.915
19 81 Stefano NEPA ITA CIP – Green Power KTM 155.8 +23.964
20 22 Kazuki MASAKI JPN RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM 153.4 +59.390
12 Marco BEZZECCHI ITA Redox PruestelGP KTM 152.5 +1’13.285
Not Classified
33 Enea BASTIANINI ITA Leopard Racing Honda 157.3 1 Lap
17 John MCPHEE GBR CIP – Green Power KTM 157.2 2 Laps
41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT THA Honda Team Asia Honda 153.0 3 Laps
71 Ayumu SASAKI JPN Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda 157.4 9 Laps
75 Albert ARENAS SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM 137.8 16 Laps
23 Niccolò ANTONELLI ITA SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda 157.1 18 Laps
24 Tatsuki SUZUKI JPN SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda 156.9 18 Laps
40 Darryn BINDER RSA Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 157.2 19 Laps
72 Alonso LOPEZ SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda 154.9 19 Laps

 

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Michael Scott | MotoGP Editor Scott has been covering MotoGP since long before it was MotoGP. Remember two-strokes? Scott does. He’s also a best-selling author of biographies on the lives of legendary racers such as Wayne Rainey and Barry Sheene.

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