Alex Marquez stamped his authority on the shortened Moto2 race once he found his rhythm in the wet to ease into his third win of the season.

The EG 0,0 Marc VDS rider had rehearsed his pass on then-leader Taka Nakagami earlier in the race but telegraphed his move enough to let the Japanese rider read it and react before making it stick on lap eleven.

Once the Kalex rider hit the front, he never looked back and managed his lead to win by a margin of 1.465s over the line.

It was Xavi Vierge who would take second after a fierce run brought him into contention for the win, with Marquez reacting to the Tech 3 riders pressure, though still claiming his best ever Moto2 finish.

The final podium spot went to Hafizh Syahrin, the Petronas Raceline Malaysia rider lived up to his ‘The Fish’ nickname once again in the challenging wet conditions as he barged through the pack, his run only cae to a halt once he met Vierge who held firm, leaving him third - equalling his best finish to date.

Rookie Francesco Bagnaia picked up laces for fourth for Sky Racing Team VR46, passing a fading Mattia Pasini (Italtrans) in the closing stages. The veteran Italian had been in contention for the podium before being forced to settle for fifth.

Taka Nakagami had started from pole and lead the first half of the race, but a dream home win was not to be for the Idemitsu man, with the changing grip seeing him drop to sixth by the chequered flag.

Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Ajo) also had trouble fighting the spray and fell back to seventh after a strong few opening laps.

Franco Morbidelli (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) made gains in the championship after passing rival Tom Luthi (CarXpert Interwetten)on his way to eighth, extending his total to 256, an advantage of 24 over his Swiss rival, who finished eleventh.

Ahead of him were Leopard’s Dominique Aegerter in ninth and Lorenzo Baldassarri in tenth, the Forward rider making up an incredible twenty places in the opening laps after qualifying down in 30th.

Remy Gardner picked up points in twelfth on the second Tech 3 entry, with Marcel Schrotter just behind in 13th for Dynavolt Intact GP

Wild-Card Ikihuro Enokido ((Teluru Motobum) impressed in 14th on his first appearance, while Tarran Mackenzie picked up his first world championship point with Leopard in 15th.

Luca Marini was the first to exit at the end of lap two, he was joined on the sidelines by Jorge Navarro on the next lap.

Lap six saw Sandro Cortese and Tetsuta Nagashima tangle at turn five and end up in the gravel instead of the points, Xavier Simeon suffered the same fate moments later at turn eleven.

The halfway mark saw Andrea Locatelli pull into the pits and Brad Binder crash out of the race.


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