2018 Moto3 Malaysia Grand Prix Showdown

Marc Marquez has the 2018 MotoGP title sown up and Francesco Bagnaia looks set to clinch the 2018 Moto2 title in Malaysia, barring a disaster. However the other class, Moto3, is a lot more uncertain with three riders heading to Malaysia all still with a chance to secure the title.

Jorge Martin – 215 points

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The first contender is Spaniard, Jorge Martin, who is the current leader and rides for the Del Conca Gresini team.

Martin has spent four seasons in the Moto3 class with his previous best championship finish being fourth which he achieved in 2017 with the same team he currently rides for.

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Martin has had some misfortune this season, sustaining an injury which saw him having to miss the Czech Grand Prix. He however has more wins than his two championship rivals, claiming six victories so far and a further two podium finishes.

Since the cancelled British Grand Prix, there have been five Grand Prix, with Martin claiming a total of 69 points.

Marco Bezzecchi – 203 points

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Italian, Marco Bezzecchi, is a surprise title contender considering he had a quiet 2017 on a Mahindra. He has been riding a KTM in 2018, which has allowed Bezzecchi to mount a title challenge and be the main threat to Jorge Martin.

Bezzecchi is competing in his fourth season in Moto3, although he has only completed one full campaign, in 2017, where he ultimately finished twenty-third in the championship.

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Bezzecchi has been unfortunate in his 2018 campaign with two notable zero point scores in Thailand and Australia, due to no fault of his own as he has been taken out or collected in another rider’s accident. It is a threat that all three title contenders have faced in Moto3 as the class often has incredibly close racing with large groups of riders all competing for the same inch of tarmac.

Bezzecchi has claimed three victories so far this season, but has a further six podium finishes.

Since the British Grand Prix, Bezzecchi has only managed to score a further 45 points, the least of any of the three title contenders, this, as mentioned before, has been in part due to misfortune where he was taken out at the final corner in Thailand as well as getting caught up in another rider’s accident in the previous round in Australia. He therefore has only two point scoring finishes from the last five Grand Prix.

Fabio Di Giannantonio – 195 points

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The third and final contender is another Italian rider, Fabio Di Giannantonio, who like Jorge Martin, rides for the Del Conca Gresini team. Giannantonio has gone under the radar slightly during 2018 as the title fight has been dominated by Martin and Bezzecchi. Yet thanks to only having two zero point scores, compared with Martin’s five and Bezzecchi’s five, it is consistency that has helped Giannantonio stay in the title fight with two Grand Prix remaining.

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Giannantonio is in his fourth season in the Moto3 class, although this is only his third full season in the class. He has been very competitive in his three full seasons, finishing sixth in 2016 before finishing fifth in 2017. He has ridden for the Del Conca Gresini team in all four of his Moto3 seasons.

Since the British Grand Prix, Giannantonio has scored the most points of any of the three title contenders, a total of 74 points.

Last five Grand Prix since the cancelled British Grand Prix

Rider RSM ARA THA JAP AUS
Jorge Martin 2 1 4 Retired 5
Marco Bezzecchi Retired 2 Not Classified 1 Retired
Fabio Di Giannantonio 3 4 1 Retired 2

It’s possible for Jorge Martin to clinch the Moto3 title this weekend in Malaysia, yet there is also the real possibility that the three riders still in contention could get even closer and take the title fight down to the final Grand Prix in Valencia. Personally, here’s hoping for the latter scenario.

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