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Malaysian Moto2: Rabat wins restarted Sepang race

Esteve 'Tito' Rabat charged to victory the Malaysian Moto2 Grand Prix in Sepang completing a dominant weekend for the Pons rider.
By Lisa Lewis

Tito Rabat secured his third win of the season in the Malaysian Moto2 Grand Prix at Sepang, the Spaniard securing a clean sweep of every session of the race weekend.

The Tuenti HP 40 rider took control of the restarted race and never looked back to score his third podium finish in a row.

His team-mate Pol Espargaro snatched second from Tom Luthi in the closing stages to reduce Scott Redding's championship lead to just nine points. Rabat's strong string of results keeps him in title contention, 28 points adrift.

Interwetten rider Luthi settled for third for the fourth time this season in the shortened restarted race.

The race distance had been reduced to twelve laps after a restart was needed when Axel Pons fell on the opening lap. The crash prone Spaniards bike flew into the back markers leading to a nasty multi-rider accident involving Zaidi, Iturroz, Kraisart and Immammuddin.

Amazingly it was officially reported that all those involved walked away with out serious injury. Pons had the arm of his leathers missing as he walked away.

Fourth place went to the flying Finnish rider Mika Kallio for Marc VDS. He held off Technomag carXpert rider Dominique Aegerter who completes his 30th successive points finish in fifth.

Redding who had an amazing start the first time, powering up to fourth, saw Alex De Angelis and Xavier Simeon crash directly in front of him on the first corner of the restart after Johann Zarco caught De Angelis bike.

After his lucky escape the Marc VDS man found himself down in tenth. He reeled in Taka Nakagami for sixth but could not progress further up the order.

Redding then out-broke himself into the final corner leaving room for Zarco to snatch sixth. The frustrated Brit slapped his tank as it meant the loss of another vital point for the championship leader, as Espargaro also increased his tally by moving into second moments earlier.

The result beats Redding's previous best finish of tenth at the Sepang track.

Italtran's rider Nakagami held on for eighth ahead of Aspar rider Jordi Torres in ninth.

Julian Simon also scored points for Italtrans in tenth with Simone Corsi next to finish for NGM Mobile racing, making him the highest palced Speed Up finisher.

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