Newly crowned champion Joan Mir took his win tally to ten for the season after catching Jorge Martin and then pulling away from both him and Enea Bastinini on the final lap to win the Moto3 Malaysian Grand Prix.

Matching Marc Marquez’s recent record of ten race wins in the lightweight class and needing only one more to match Valentino Rossi’s eleven, the Leopard rider had to come back after dropping behind after his pole start, chasing down Martin, who had pulled out an almost two second lead.

Once at the front he looked confident and after finding better pace with his used tyres he pulled away on the final lap to win by a margin of 0.724s at the line, taking his title winning points tally to 321.

Gresini’s Martin then had to battle Bastianini all the way to the line, but held on to second with the Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider third, completing another all Honda podium.

Livio Loi ran a lonely race in fourth after Bastianini left him to chase down a rostrum place on the second Leopard, but he was also well clear of the battle for fifth.

That was won by British Talent Team rider John McPhee, who came back from being pushed out onto the grass after contact with Gabriel Rodrigo to fight his way to the front of the pack.

He beat Andrea Migno, who also made up good ground after qualifying down in 19th for Sky Racing Team VR46 - in sixth he was the top KTM finisher. He was swiftly followed over the line by Romano Fenati (Marinelli Rivacold Snipers) in seventh and Aron Canet in eighth on the second Estrella Galicia entry.

Fabio DiGiannantonio clung onto ninth on the second Gresini bike with Bo Bendsneyder fading into the battle after a strong start but doing enough to claim a top ten finish for Red Bull KTM Ajo.

Home rider Adam Norrodin raced back to eleventh after spinning out on his SIC Racing Team bike on lap eight, passing his rookie team mate Ayumu Sasaki for the position.

Juanfran Guevara took 13th for RBA, just ahead of his team-mate Rodrigo in 14th with Manuel Pagliani picking up the final point for CIP.

Tatsuki Suzuki was the first to exit after being thrown off his bike spectacularly at turn fifteen at the end of the first lap, he was fit enough after his fall to attempt to restart, but it was not to be.

Darryn Binder also crashed out at the same corner, as did Jules Danilo and Nico Antonell over the course of the race.

Nicolo Bulega failed to finish after his bike ground to a halt with three laps remaining.

Lorenzo Dalla Porta crashed on the penultimate lap while wild-card Kasma Daniel Kasmayudin fell on the final run around the circuit.



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