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Vazquez on breathtaking Sepang race win

Vazquez on breathtaking Sepang race win

Efren Vazquez (SaxoPrint-RTG) won a breathtaking Moto3™ skirmish at Sepang on Sunday to earn the second Grand Prix victory of his career by just two tenths of a second.

The battle at the front was enthralling from the first lap to the last with title contestants Alex Marquez (Estrella Galicia 0,0), Alex Rins (Estrella Galicia 0,0) and Jack Miller (KTM) in the thick of it throughout. Positions changed every corner and there was plenty of bumping and barging.

At the start of the final lap there were seven riders in the lead group, though that changed when front-row starter John McPhee (SaxoPrint-RTG) slid off, leaving six men in with a chance of victory.

Vazquez made superb use of his Honda's power to grab the lead as the pack sped down the back straight for the last time and just fended off Miller on the dash to the line, with Rins a further 0.172 seconds down and Danny Kent (Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo), Marquez and Alexis Masbou (Ongetta-Rivacold) in their tracks.

Race winner Vazquez commented, “Moto3 is always so close, so it’s never easy to make a plan for the end of the race. Even more so than usual, everyone was riding really aggressively, especially Marquez and Jack who are fighting for the championship. I tried to do my best but not to be too risky because I didn’t want to affect their chances in the championship. Anyway, I have my own personal battle for third overall with Rins, so I tried my very best at the end and it worked perfectly.”


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