2018 Valencia Moto2 and Moto3 Sunday Results

Michael Scott | November 18, 2018

2018 Valencia Moto2 and Moto3 Sunday Results

Moto2 Race – 25 Laps, 100.125 km

Oliveira, Moto2 race, Valencia MotoGP 2018
Miguel Oliveira, fans and crew celebrating victory in the Moto2 race at Valencia. (Gold & Goose photo)

The last race of the Honda-powered Moto2 class was dramatic from the start on a wet and treacherous track.

Pole qualifier Luca Marini crashed as he touched the brakes for only the second corner, tagging his team-mate and new champion Pecco Bagnaia (SKY VR46 Kalex); and a little way back Joan Mir (ED VDS Kalex) did the same thing to Lorenzo Baldassarri (Pons HP40 Kalex).

Bagnaia survived, but finished the first lap way down in 21st, his chances gone. The other three were out … giving Alex Marquez a golden chance to win the battle for fourth overall.

The EG-VDS Kalex rider made the most of it, hunting down early leader Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM), and taking over on lap six. But Oliveira kept the pressure on, back to just over 1.5 seconds down as they started lap 15. At the end of it, Marquez crashed.

But while Oliveira swept on to a clear win and Iker Lecuona (SII KTM) was safe for second, by that time there had been so many crashes and the field was so spread that Marquez was able to remount and finish third.

Xavi Vierge (Dynavolt Kalex) had been third when he fell, and there were so many others, including American Joe Roberts (NTS) who had been dropped to 19th by the tangle on the first lap, bet – revelling in the conditions – he had climbed up into the top ten when he tumbled.

Mattia Pasini (Italtrans Kalex), who led lap one, was fourth – by the end he was almost caught by Remy Gardner (Tech 3), who had worked through a close quartet. Fabio Quartararo (Speed Up) was now a couple of seconds behind – he’d started from the back of the grid after stalling on the form-up grid. Marcel Schrotter (Dynavolt Kalex) and Augusto Fernandez (Pons HP40 Kalex) were still close, Andrea Locatelli (Italtrans Kalex) and Simone Corsi (Tasca Kalex) not far behind to close out the top ten.

No change for the top three in the championship, with Bagnaia, Oliveira and Binder already set, and Marquez’s 16 points put him 11 clear of Baldassarri.

GRAN PREMIO MOTUL DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA
Moto2 Race Classification 2018
Cheste, Sunday, November 18, 2018

1 25 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA POR Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 133.1 45’07.639
2 20 27 Iker LECUONA SPA Swiss Innovative Investors KTM 132.4 +13.201
3 16 73 Alex MARQUEZ SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex 132.0 +22.175
4 13 54 Mattia PASINI ITA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 131.7 +28.892
5 11 87 Remy GARDNER AUS Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 131.6 +30.106
6 10 20 Fabio QUARTARARO FRA HDR Heidrun – Speed Up Speed Up 131.5 +32.126
7 9 23 Marcel SCHROTTER GER Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex 131.5 +33.086
8 8 40 Augusto FERNANDEZ SPA Pons HP40 Kalex 131.4 +33.950
9 7 5 Andrea LOCATELLI ITA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 131.3 +35.707
10 6 24 Simone CORSI ITA Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 Kalex 131.3 +37.019
11 5 77 Dominique AEGERTER SWI Kiefer Racing KTM 131.0 +43.844
12 4 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA JPN IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex 130.9 +45.871
13 3 4 Steven ODENDAAL RSA NTS RW Racing GP NTS 130.7 +49.113
14 2 42 Francesco BAGNAIA ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 Kalex 130.5 +53.288
15 1 2 Jesko RAFFIN SWI SAG Team Kalex 129.8 +1’08.712
16 32 Isaac VIÑALES SPA Forward Racing Team Suter 129.0 +1’25.666
17 18 Xavi CARDELUS AND Marinelli Snipers Team Kalex 128.7 +1’32.166
18 95 Jules DANILO FRA Nashi Argan SAG Team Kalex 128.0 +1’47.502
19 21 Federico FULIGNI ITA Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 Kalex 126.8 1 Lap
20 3 Lukas TULOVIC GER Forward Racing Team Suter 122.5 1 Lap
Not Classified
66 Niki TUULI FIN Petronas Sprinta Racing Kalex 128.4 6 Laps
97 Xavi VIERGE SPA Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex 126.4 12 Laps
16 Joe ROBERTS USA NTS RW Racing GP NTS 130.0 17 Laps
70 Tommaso MARCON ITA HDR Heidrun – Speed Up Speed Up 124.8 18 Laps
9 Jorge NAVARRO SPA Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex 127.5 20 Laps
41 Brad BINDER RSA Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 128.5 22 Laps
22 Sam LOWES GBR Swiss Innovative Investors KTM 127.6 22 Laps
89 Khairul Idham PAWI MAL IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex 124.9 23 Laps
Not Finished 1st Lap
10 Luca MARINI ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 Kalex 0 Lap
7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI ITA Pons HP40 Kalex 0 Lap
36 Joan MIR SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex 0 Lap

Final Moto2 World Standing 2018

1 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex ITA 306
2 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM POR 297
3 Brad BINDER KTM RSA 201
4 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex SPA 173
5 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex ITA 162
6 Joan MIR Kalex SPA 155
7 Luca MARINI Kalex ITA 147
8 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex GER 147
9 Mattia PASINI Kalex ITA 141
10 Fabio QUARTARARO Speed Up FRA 138
11 Xavi VIERGE Kalex SPA 131
12 Iker LECUONA KTM SPA 80
13 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex SPA 58
14 Simone CORSI Kalex ITA 53
15 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex ITA 52
16 Sam LOWES KTM GBR 49
17 Dominique AEGERTER KTM SWI 47
18 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex SPA 45
19 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 AUS 40
20 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex JPN 27
21 Romano FENATI Kalex ITA 14
22 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex SWI 10
23 Hector BARBERA Kalex SPA 10
24 Stefano MANZI Suter ITA 8
25 Danny KENT Speed Up GBR 8
26 Isaac VIÑALES Suter SPA 7
27 Joe ROBERTS NTS USA 5
28 Steven ODENDAAL NTS RSA 4
29 Bo BENDSNEYDER Tech 3 NED 2
30 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex MAL 1
31 Edgar PONS Speed Up SPA 1
32 Niki TUULI Kalex FIN 1
33 Xavi CARDELUS Kalex AND
34 Jules DANILO Kalex FRA
35 Thitipong WAROKORN Kalex THA
36 Federico FULIGNI Kalex ITA
37 Eric GRANADO Suter BRA
38 Lukas TULOVIC Suter GER
39 Hector GARZO Tech 3 SPA
40 Bryan STARING Tech 3 AUS
41 Dimas EKKY PRATAMA Tech 3 INA
42 Tommaso MARCON ITA
43 Alejandro MEDINA Kalex SPA
44 Sheridan MORAIS Kalex POR
45 Corentin PEROLARI Transformiers FRA
46 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN Kalex MAL
47 Rafid Topan SUCIPTO Suter INA
48 Cedric TANGRE Tech 3 FRA

Moto3 Race – 23 laps, 92,115 km

Martin, Aki Ajo, Can Oncu, McPhee, Moto3 race, Valencia MotoGP 2018
The Valencia Moto3 podium with runner up Jorge Martin, Aki Ajo, winner Can Oncu and John McPhee, who finished third. Moto3 race. (Gold & Goose photo)

They had to change the rules to let Can Oncu into the GPs under the minimum age of 16. Just in time for him to enter his first race and win it at the first attempt, and become the youngest-ever GP winner in history.

The 15-year-old Turk, wild-carding on a Red Bull Ajo KTM, stunned racing and overcame conditions that saw 15 crashes, to defeat new champion Jorge Martin (Del Conca Gresini Honda) by four seconds.

He inherited the lead after pole starter Tony Arbolino (Marinelli Snipers Honda) slipped off after 12 of 23 laps, after having built up a lead of almost three seconds, yet another victim of a cold and puddled Ricardo Tormo circuit outside Valencia; continued alone, and survived an out-of-the-seat moment of his own on the final lap.

“It’s an incredible feeling – my first time. I don’t know what’s going on,” he said, thanking Dorna for the chance to join “the best team”.

Oncu, the elder of two Turkish twins, had been allowed under age in after winning the Red Bull Rookies Cup. Aged 15 years and 115 days, he broke Scott  Redding’s “youngest-ever” winner’s record by 55 days.

It was a race of survival, with champion Martin finally getting clear of the pursuit trio, where John McPhee (CIP Green Power KTM) came back to overtake Fabio Di Giannantonio. The Italian didn’t fight back. With his rival for second overall, Redox KTM’s Marco Bezzecchi, out of the points, fourth was good enough for him to make it a one-two championship result for the Del Conca Gresini Honda team.

Bezzecchi had been fighting for the lead when he had the first of two tumbles, finally finishing 20th and last, a lap down, after pitting for running repairs.

Enea Bastianini (Leopard Honda) finished strongly for fifth, leaving Jaume Masia (Bester Capital KTM) by seven seconds at the end. But it was good enough for Masia to secure Rookie of the Year prize.

Antonelli and Atiratphuvapat (both Honda) and the KTMs of Ramirez and Vietti wrapped the top ten places.

GRAN PREMIO MOTUL DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA
Moto3 Race Classification 2018
Cheste, Sunday, November 18, 2018

1 25 61 Can ONCU TUR Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 128.2 43’06.370
2 20 88 Jorge MARTIN SPA Del Conca Gresini Moto3 Honda 128.0 +4.071
3 16 17 John MCPHEE GBR CIP – Green Power KTM 127.9 +6.130
4 13 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO ITA Del Conca Gresini Moto3 Honda 127.5 +12.897
5 11 33 Enea BASTIANINI ITA Leopard Racing Honda 127.4 +14.735
6 10 5 Jaume MASIA SPA Bester Capital Dubai KTM 127.1 +21.984
7 9 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI ITA SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda 126.9 +26.641
8 8 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT THA Honda Team Asia Honda 126.7 +30.758
9 7 42 Marcos RAMIREZ SPA Bester Capital Dubai KTM 126.5 +33.411
10 6 31 Celestino VIETTI ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM 126.3 +39.008
11 5 71 Ayumu SASAKI JPN Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda 126.1 +42.332
12 4 81 Stefano NEPA ITA CIP – Green Power KTM 125.8 +48.931
13 3 25 Raul FERNANDEZ SPA Angel Nieto Team KTM 125.5 +54.434
14 2 16 Andrea MIGNO ITA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM 125.5 +54.585
15 1 84 Jakub KORNFEIL CZE Redox PruestelGP KTM 125.4 +56.424
16 22 Kazuki MASAKI JPN RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM 125.4 +57.222
17 19 Gabriel RODRIGO ARG RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM 125.2 +1’00.541
18 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA ITA Leopard Racing Honda 123.6 +1’35.093
19 40 Darryn BINDER RSA Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 121.3 1 Lap
20 12 Marco BEZZECCHI ITA Redox PruestelGP KTM 120.1 1 Lap
Not Classified
77 Vicente PEREZ SPA Reale Avintia Academy 77 KTM 126.1 2 Laps
65 Philipp OETTL GER Sudmetal Schedl GP Racing KTM 120.8 8 Laps
14 Tony ARBOLINO ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda 128.3 12 Laps
26 Izam IKMAL MAL Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda 121.2 16 Laps
75 Albert ARENAS SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM 126.0 17 Laps
27 Kaito TOBA JPN Honda Team Asia Honda 122.3 19 Laps
10 Dennis FOGGIA ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM 115.0 22 Laps
Not Finished 1st Lap
44 Aron CANET SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda 0 Lap
72 Alonso LOPEZ SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda 0 Lap
24 Tatsuki SUZUKI JPN SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda 0 Lap

Final Moto3 World Standing 2018

1 Jorge MARTIN Honda SPA 260
2 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda ITA 218
3 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM ITA 214
4 Enea BASTIANINI Honda ITA 177
5 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda ITA 151
6 Aron CANET Honda SPA 128
7 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM ARG 116
8 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM CZE 116
9 Albert ARENAS KTM SPA 107
10 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM SPA 102
11 Andrea MIGNO KTM ITA 84
12 John MCPHEE KTM GBR 78
13 Jaume MASIA KTM SPA 76
14 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda JPN 71
15 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda ITA 71
16 Philipp OETTL KTM GER 58
17 Darryn BINDER KTM RSA 57
18 Tony ARBOLINO Honda ITA 57
19 Dennis FOGGIA KTM ITA 55
20 Ayumu SASAKI Honda JPN 50
21 Adam NORRODIN Honda MAL 46
22 Kaito TOBA Honda JPN 37
23 Alonso LOPEZ Honda SPA 36
24 Can ONCU KTM TUR 25
25 Celestino VIETTI KTM ITA 24
26 Nicolo BULEGA KTM ITA 18
27 Vicente PEREZ KTM SPA 16
28 Raul FERNANDEZ KTM SPA 16
29 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda THA 12
30 Makar YURCHENKO Honda KAZ 9
31 Kazuki MASAKI KTM JPN 9
32 Livio LOI KTM BEL 8
33 Somkiat CHANTRA Honda THA 7
34 Manuel PAGLIANI Honda ITA 6
35 Stefano NEPA KTM ITA 4
36 Ai OGURA Honda JPN 1
37 Yari MONTELLA Honda ITA
38 Apiwath WONGTHANANON KTM THA
39 Jeremy ALCOBA Honda SPA
40 Kevin ZANNONI TM RACING ITA
41 Luca GRÜNWALD KTM GER
42 Shizuka OKAZAKI Honda JPN
43 Izam IKMAL MAL
44 Yuto FUKUSHIMA Honda JPN
45 Filip SALAC KTM CZE
46 Ryan VAN DE LAGEMAAT KTM NED
47 Maximilian KOFLER KTM AUT

 

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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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