VSEPANG, Spain’s Alex Marquez sealed the 2019 Moto2 world championship after finishing second to main rival Brad Binder and beating Thomas Luthi at the 2019 Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix (MotoGP) at the Sepang International Circuit here today.
The 23-year-old representing EG 0,0 Marc VDS team started the race from pole position but came in 0.758 seconds behind Binder of South Africa, who was riding for Red Bull KTM Ajo and clocked 38 minutes 07.843s.
But it was enough for him to clinch the 2019 Moto2 world championship title in Sepang.
The younger brother of 2019 MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez accumulated 282 points with five wins after 18 rounds this season, while Binder in second spot with 259 points.
With the title, Marquez became the first rider to win the both Moto2 and Moto3 World Championships, having previously clinched the Moto3 title in 2014, and has recorded 10 podiums and six poles this season so far.
He also became the fifth Spanish rider to win the Moto2 title, after Toni Elias, his brother Marc, Pol Espargaro and Tito Rabat.
“Today on track, it was very difficult to control. At the last corner it was really unbelievable.
“I don’t know what I’m saying now because I’m so tired. It is a dream come true,” he said.
In the battle for the championship, Binder stretched Marquez to get the lead up to over a second with five laps remaining, while Luthi tried to put pressure on Marquez.
The Spaniard managed his race carefully and had a reply for every challenge aboard his Kalex to finally claim the crown he had seemed on course for the last few rounds of the championship.
Luthi got as close as six tenths of a second to Marquez at one stage, but failed to apply much more pressure and quickly faded on the final lap.
Binder went unchallenged to the chequered flag to secure his fourth win of the season, while Marquez was left to cruise to the world championship.
Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)