Álex Márquez became a two-time World Champion this morning after finishing second in the Malaysian Grand Prix. The Spanish rider added the Moto2 title to his Moto3 crown from 2014. Márquez had his first attempt to clinch the championship at the previous race, and in Malaysia he took the opportunity to go into Valencia as champion. Brad Binder was the closest rider to him, with four wins and a total of six podiums in the second half of the season -in which he managed to cut almost 60 points from Márquez’ lead. Márquez joins his brother as 2019 champion, after his older sibling Marc won the MotoGP title.
The Gaviota Ángel Nieto Team had a consistent race, with a good feeling and good results for their two riders. Jake Dixon was seventeenth in Sepang, matching his second-best result of the season. The Briton was twelfth in Assen and had already been seventeenth in Argentina, France and Thailand previously. Dixon started from 28th on the grid, after only being able to complete one lap in qualifying, and in the first round he had recovered seven positions. From there, Dixon kept fighting until the end of the race to cross the finish line 17th, three seconds from the points.
17th Jake Dixon:
“Overall it hasn’t been a bad weekend, if we bear in mind that it is a difficult circuit to learn, because of the length and width of the track. In the third Free Practice we took a step forward, but the problem in qualifying relegated us to the back of the grid. In the warmup session this morning we progressed a little more and I felt more comfortable with the bike. In the race I didn’t have a bad pace and in the end I finished 17th, although I think I could have done even better if I had started higher up on the grid.”
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