2018/11/04 - Malaysia GP / Race Report



In the probably toughest race of the year, Dominique Aegerter collected two more important points for the championship.

Due to a short-term change of Sunday’s schedule, it was a long race day in Sepang. The pretransfer of starting time with two hours earlier than initially scheduled has paid off, finally. After overnight rain showers again, teams and riders were greeted at the Sepang circuit in the early morning by bright skies and this was why the track dried out more quickly than on the previous days.

Meanwhile, the track’s conditions were almost perfect as the race got underway in the late morning. In contrast to days of practice, however, temperatures and humidity were very typically for this part of the world in Southeast Asia today. In the heat, however, Dominique Aegerter delivered a solid performance, resisting these adverse conditions to close this year’s Asia/Australian trip with a fine 14th place.

In the second last race of the season, Italian rider Francesco Bagnaia crowned himself as new world champion in the intermediate class. Congratulations to Pecco and his SKY Racing Team for the title winning season. The championship draws to an end in two weeks with the meanwhile traditional finale in Valencia.

#77 Dominique AEGERTER (Kiefer Racing), 14th - Championship position 17th (42 points):

"As it was to be expected, it was a difficult race for us. Of course, we had hoped for more particularly after the Australian weekend. But we struggled a lot more here from the very first moment because the Sepang track isn’t that flowing like Phillip Island. During this weekend, we had issues in braking into the corners which we hardly weren’t able to solve due to the weather conditions. In the end, we benefitted somehow from the race and finished in P14. But this doesn't match to our targets at all. The conditions in Sepang, however, are that much demanding and just race day was the hottest of the entire week. Towards the end of the race it was hardly unsustainable because I’m started to get overheated. Now, hence, I’m completely exhausted. These flyaway races are always challenging so, I’m looking forward to some days rest at home and in Valencia we will give all our best once more. With regard to my future, I’m still quite busy for this. But, honestly, the situation doesn’t look so nice for a ride in Moto2 next year. This is why I’ve to look also elsewhere. So, there are negotiations with several teams in MotoE, Superbike and Supersport world championships. Finally, congratulations to Francesco Bagnaia. He raced a very strong season and therefore, he really deserves this titel."

#MalaysianGP Moto2™ - Race Classification after 18 Laps:
1 Luca MARINI / ITA / SKY Racing Team VR46 / KALEX / +38´25.689
2 Miguel OLIVEIRA / POR / Red Bull KTM Ajo / KTM / +1.194
3 Francesco BAGNAIA / ITA / SKY Racing Team VR46 / KALEX / +3.020
14 #77 Dominique AEGERTER / SWI / Kiefer Racing / KTM / +21.960

Moto2™ World Standing:
1 Francesco BAGNAIA / ITA / KALEX / 304
2 Miguel OLIVEIRA / POR / KTM / 272
3 Brad BINDER / RSA / KTM / 201
17 #77 Dominique AEGERTER / SWI / KTM / 42