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MotoGP Valencia: Oliveira leaves Moto2 with dominant win

Miguel Oliveira signed off his time in Moto2 with a masterful display in the wet around the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia.

Starting from the fourth row, the Portuguese rider wasted little time in cutting his way through from tenth to find himself in the leading group. In a now trademark style, Oliveira sliced his way through to second place.

With 10 laps to go, Oliveira's life was made significantly easier as race leader Alex Marquez lost the front end of his Marc VDS Kalex in the final corner. Thankfully for the Spaniard he managed to remount his bike and bring it home in third position.


Inheriting the lead after Marquez’ crash, Oliveira continued to push and put time into second placed Iker Lecuona, eventually winning his final Moto2 race by 13.201 seconds before he throws his leg over the KTM MotoGP machine on Tuesday.

Lecuona secured his first podium at his home Grand Prix with the second place finish, finishing nine seconds ahead of the remounting Marquez who rounded out the podium finishers.

Mattia Pasini finished what is looking like his final race in Grand Prix racing with a fourth position. The veteran Italian doesn’t have a ride for 2019 yet, but will be hoping that this isn’t his final race.

Remy Gardener enjoyed his best ever finish with a fifth place finish on his Tech3 Mistral bike, just ahead of Fabio Quartararo who was forced to start from the back of the grid after he couldn’t get his bike started on the grid.

Marcel Schrotter was seventh after his front row start, with Augusto Fernandez, Andrea Locatelli and Simone Corsi rounding out the top ten in the final moto2 race of 2018.

2018 World Champion Pecco Bagnaia had his race marred after being tagged by his Sky Racing VR46 team-mate Luca Marini in the second corner. Whilst able to continue, the World Champion didn’t have the pace to cut the gap down to the leaders.

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