Moto3: Cortese wins championship as Khairuddin makes history!

German Red Bull KTM Ajo rider secured KTM’s first championship- and his with a win, leaving it late at Sepang and pushing home rider Khairuddin into second in the Malaysian Moto2 race. He is still the most successful Malaysian rider ever,now with a best of second and the highest points tally. Cortese’s fellow German Jonas Folger finished third for Aspar, meaning KTM/Kalex KTM ruled the podium slots.

There was no Maverick Vinales after his shock departure from the Blusens Avintia team before practice began.

Luis Salom quickly dealt with his five place penalty from Motegi and finished fourth at the head of the chasing pack after a big battle with Oliveira, Rins and Kent.

For more news on the race or to comment further see my full race report available here:



    1. I know!!
      I desperately wanted Khairuddin to win and was willing Cortese not to do it, but can’t blame him for wanting a win to celebrate the championship title. I was equally impressed with the Malaysian wild card rider in Moto2 – hope he scores a regular ride next year – really strong take no prisoners approach, looks like a new nation are staking their claim to MotoGP!

      Was good to see so many unusual podiums too – no Spaniards at all in Moto2 and Moto3 – and i’d been waiting all season to shout GO GINO!!! so was pleased he made the podium!

      Great racing!

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