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Moto2™ ready for Malaysian melee

Moto2™ ready for Malaysian melee

Sepang will host the penultimate round of the Moto2™ World Championship and riders are hungry for a strong end to 2015.

The Australian GP saw a sensational second win from Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) in an incredible rookie season. Meanwhile 2015 Moto2™ Champion Johann Zarco struggled at Phillip Island as he was unable to find grip on his Ajo Motorsport Kalex. Both are out for victory at the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix as they seek to end incredible seasons on high notes.

Unfortunately Tito Rabat (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) will not take part in the Malaysian GP. A crash during practice for the Australian GP resulted in a possible displaced bone fragment in his already injured left arm. As such he will return to Spain for further examination and possible surgery, missing the Sepang round in the hope of being fully fit for the final race in Valencia and for his second test aboard the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS MotoGP™ bike the following weekend.

With Rabat having already missed the Japanese and Australian GPs, Rins aims to further cement his second in the championship and to end the year within 100 points of the incredibly dominant Johann Zarco. A total of 214 points confirms Rins as Rookie of the Year without doubt, Alex Marquez (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) amassing just 69 points in the same period.

34 points behind Rabat is Sam Lowes, the Speed Up Racing rider heading to Sepang after a solid run to second in Australia and could still end the year in third depending on his results. Many thought the former World Supersport champion would be a title challenger in 2015, but the Speed Up frame still lacks somewhat compared to the Kalex. For 2016 he will again be challenging for the title but this time aboard the much-favoured Kalex with the Gresini team.

The fight for fifth in the standings is also heating up as Jonas Folger (AGR Team) leads Thomas Luthi (Derendinger Racing Interwetten) by just two points as Folger failed to score due to a deflated rear tyre. Luthi has twice won in Malaysia, his most recent victory was in 2011 aboard the Suter in Moto2™. Meanwhile Folger's best finish at Sepang came in the Moto3™ class when he was third in 2012.

Both Azlan Shah (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) and Hafizh Syahrin (Petronas Raceline Malaysia) will be out for home glory after the pair finished inside the top five in an incredible Japanese GP. Syahrin has been steadily improving throughout 2015 and is now a frequent visitor to the top ten. His aim for his home round will be to repeat his astounding 2012 podium finish when he entered as a wildcard. If it’s a wet race both he and Shah will pose a massive threat to the established order.


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