Alex de Angelis and the Forward Racing team dedicated their surprise Sepang Moto2 win to MotoGP star Marco Simoncelli, who lost his life at the circuit one year ago.

de Angelis took his first victory of the season in a wet race stopped early due to the conditions.

"It was crazy today because the conditions changed all the time, but I made a very good first lap and made a lot of overtakes," said de Angelis, who had qualified in ninth.

"The bike felt perfect, I braked how and where I wanted, I was able to ride in a very comfortable way. When it started to rain heavily I didn't want to risk it and the wise decision made by race direction to red flag the race favoured me.

"I just want to say, one year has passed and we don't forget: 'Ciao Marco'."

Team owner Giovanni Cuzari added: "I would like to thank Alex for this victory and the team for their hard work, our sponsors for their support but a very special thank you to Marco Simoncelli, who I believe has watched over us today.

"I would like to dedicate this victory to him. Marco, you will always be in our hearts."

Anthony West (QMMF) and Gino Rea (Gresini) joined de Angelis on the Sepang rostrum.