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Tito Rabat moved closer to securing the 2014 Moto2™ World Championship crown on Sunday in Australia, but he will have to try again this weekend at Sepang after his teammate Mika Kallio refused to yield at Phillip Island.
Kallio and Rabat had both led the Australian race but neither could hold on for victory. With Rabat crossing the line in third place and his Finnish colleague in fourth - less than 0.4s behind the Spaniard – the title fight continues.
In truth Rabat remains the clear favourite with a 41 point advantage at the head of the standings going into the final two rounds at Sepang and Valencia.
What is certain is that one of the Marc VDS Racing Team pair will be this year’s intermediate class World Champion, with third placed Maverick Viñales now too far adrift. The Belgian squad certainly deserve the accolades with their two riders having amassed 10 victories, 20 podiums and 12 pole positions between them this year.
Meanwhile, this weekend’s Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix will see the remarkable Moto2™ Rookie of the Year Viñales (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) go in search of a fourth victory in 2014 and a third win in four races. Viñales’s recent successes at Aragon and Phillip Island have further underlined his talent before he moves up to MotoGP™ with Suzuki next season.
Now fourth in the standings Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Sitag) has also been in good form of late, following up his Motegi win with second place in Australia. Luthi was also on the podium in third last year at Sepang, behind race winner Rabat.
Luthi’s recent surge up the standings has seen him demote compatriot Dominique Aegerter (Technomag carXpert) to fifth, though with just ten points between the Swiss duo and 50 left to fight for their duel for positions is another one to watch.
Moto2™ FP1 at the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix gets started at 10.55am local time (GMT +8) on Friday morning.
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