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.

Danny Kent crossed the line in twelfth as his battle with Sandro Cortese saw the German crash, he recovered to finish, but down in 26th.

Ant West crossed the line in for his 13th 200th Grand Prix finish, with Ricky Cardus recording his best finish of the season in 14th place.

Marcel Schrotter started from pit lane after his bike wouldn't start on the sighting lap but still managed to score a point in 15th.

Wild-card Hafizh Syahrin was unlucky to just miss out on a points finish at home in 16th for Petronas Raceline Malaysia.

Gino Rea completed his first replacement ride at the Arginano & Gines team in 18th just ahead of Nico Terol who crashed out earlier in the race.

The Moto2 action continues next weekend in Phillip Island as the championship moves on to Australia.



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