Rabat wins Moto2 title in Malaysia as Vinales wins race
Tito Rabat won the Moto2 title at the Malaysian Grand Prix taking third place in a race won by Maverick Vinales, with Mika Kallio in second place.
Rabat made a good start from pole and looked like he would run away at the front but he rode calmly, doing enough to become a champion with a race to spare. With 10 laps to go Rabat dropped from the race lead to third place as Kallio and Vinales punched through, with the latter eventually winning by 2.694s.
Rabat finished just over 2.5s clear of Johann Zarco for the final rostrum spot, winning the title and celebrating his 13th podium of a fantastic year with the Marc VDS Racing Team.
It was a third win in four Moto2 races for reigning Moto3 World Champion Vinales, as he prepares to move up to MotoGP with Suzuki next year. For Kallio the title fight is over, but he produced another solid performance for his 10th podium result of 2014.
Also in the top five were Zarco and Dominique Aegerter. The top 10 was completed by Julian Simon, Sandro Cortese, Thomas Luthi, Jonas Folger and Marcel Schrotter.
Gino Rea fell at Turn 2 on the first lap, causing Nico Terol to drop his Suter to avoid the fallen rider.
Franco Morbidelli crashed but rejoined in order to continue learning the Malaysian circuit. Randy Krummenacher and Sam Lowes both fell at the last corner of the track mid-race, remounting after. Lowes would pit with five laps remaining however.
Takaaki Nakagami and Louis Rossi both fell and were unable to rejoin. Home rider Hafizh Syahrin crashed out of 10th after a lightning start to the race. Axel Pons retired to the pits with a technical issue.