The final Moto2 race of the season came to a surprising end when Tom Luthi stole victory from world champion Esteve Rabat on the run to the line.

Luthi and Rabat had broken away at the front in a game of cat-and-mouse. Luthi looked set for second until Rabat's Kalex appeared to suffer a lack of fuel out of the final turn allowing the Swiss to breeze ahead.

It is Luhi's second victory of the season after also winning in Japan and the first time the Interwetten Suter rider has finished on the podium in Valencia.

Rabat may have lost the race in the most unusual of ways but the Marc VDS man still had much to celebrate - his second place gives him a final tally of 346 points a new record for Moto2, passing Marc Marquez previous best of 328 from 2012.

The Spaniard's 14th podium equals the record set in a single season, again by Marquez in 2012.

Behind the leading pair Johann Zarco had a lonely ride on his Suter, nine seconds behind but well ahead of the battle for fourth, sealing third for AirAsia Caterham.

A hard fought fourth went to Luis Salom as the Pons rider and Gresini's Xavier Simeon, an eventual fifth, both chased down and passed a struggling Dominique Aegerter, with tyre wear seeming to impede his progress as the race went on leaving him sixth after losing two places to his race rivals.

A consistent Sam Lowes finished his first season strongly in seventh, though the Briton was disappointed not to be involved in the battle ahead as he managed grip issues.

The race for eighth was also close with Tech 3's Marcel Schrotter getting the better of Ant West at the line to take the position. Lorenzo Baldassarri finished well to place inside the top ten for just the second time this season for Gresini.

The remaining points went to Aspar's Jordi Torres in eleventh, Tech 3 rider Ricky Cardus in twelfth, Jonas Folger in 13th for AGR Team, Taka Nakagami in 14th with the final point picked up by Louis Rossi for SAG Team.

The battle for second in the championship was over before it had begun when Paginas Amarillas HP 40 rider Maverick Vinales handed the place to Mika Kallio when he collected him when passing Domimique Aegerter, hitting his Marc VDS bike from behind.

This left an angry, gesticulating Kallio immediately out of the race, while Vinales, who initially held his shoulder returned to the pits to have his Pons bike fixed, but later retired.

Their incident is due to be reviewed by Race Direction after the race.

The first crash occurred on the first lap when Dynavolt Intact GP rider Sandro Cortese hit the gravel also forcing wide the bikes of Folger, who recovered for a points finish Petronas Raceline Malaysia rider Syahrin who just missed out in 17th and an already injured Gino Rea, who had planned to retire after a lack of rain to protect his damaged foot but persevered for 24th.

Also failing to go the distance without a fall were Julian Simon and Axel Pons who were next to collide, wild-card Lucas Mahias, front row starter Franco Morbidelli, Thitipong Warokorn who returned to the track and Mattia Pasini who was the final crasher.



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