Some spitting rain did little to faze a determined Esteve 'Tito' Rabat, who dominated the Czech Republic Moto2 Grand Prix at Brno.

The Marc VDS rider put in his best performance ever at the track, the Spaniard's only previous podium in the Czech Republic coming back in 2010, when he was third in the 125cc race.

Rabat risked future sanctions by celebrating his fifth win of the season by riding to parc ferme with a German passenger dressed in an all-in-one chequered flag suit. He extends his championship points lead over Mika Kallio to twelve points.

The best of the rest was Kallio, who used the showery conditions to cut the lead of his Marc VDS team-mate down before Rabat responded to win by a final gap of 3.274 seconds as the rain flag was withdrawn.

The podium finishers settled into position early on with Sandro Cortese also enjoying a solo ride in third on the way to his first Moto2 rostrum finish for Dynavolt Intact GP, capitalising on a front row start at the track where he took his first ever win.

The result also marks the 30th win in Moto2 for Kalex, matching the overall tally of Suter, who had once dominated the class.

With the front three well clear of the pack, the battle for fourth was hard fought with the Swiss riders Tom Luthi and Dominique Aegerter in a race long battle.

Both the Suter riders set their best lap of the race on the penultimate lap with Interwetten Paddock's Luthi holding off Technomag carXpert rider Aegerter for fourth and fifth respectively.

Top rookie in the race and the title hunt Maverick Vinales staged an amazing recovery after a poor qualifying had seen him start from 17th on the grid.

The Paginas Amarillas racer battled with fellow Spaniard Julian Simon, before passing the Italtrans rider to try to make contact with the warring Swiss pair ahead, finishing an impressive sixth.

Seventh went to Simon, with his team-mate Franco Morbidelli next to cross the line in eighth nearly four seconds behind.

Air Asia Caterham's Johann Zarco finished ninth with Marcel Schrotter completing the top ten finishers for Tech 3.

AGR rider Axel Pons was eleventh, narrowly ahead of NGM Forward Racing's Simone Corsi in 12th and Petronas Racline Malaysia's Hafizh Syahrin once again in the points in 13th.

Xavier Simeon placed his Gresini in 14th while the final point on offer went to AGR's Jonas Folger.

Britain's Gino Rea finished 26th for AGT REA Racing.
First out of the race were Gresini's Lorenzo Baldassarri and wild-card Lucas Mahias, who were swiftly followed by Tetsuta Nagashima, who walked away aided by the marshals.

A mistake by Sam Lowes saw an end to his race. The Speed Up rider rode hard to move up to third before sliding through the gravel. The Briton chased his bike and returned to the track but later retired to the pits.

The second wild-card Miroslav Popov ran into the back of Technomag carXpert rider Robin Mulhauser, with the pair also ending up in the gravel around the half way mark. Both returned to track to circulate and were the final two finishers.

Luis Salom was the final faller, crashing out in the closing laps. The Paginas Amarillas rider spectacularly slammed himself repeatedly into the gravel in anger at missing out on a points finish.



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