In his first race back after taking the time to recover from injury, Tito Rabat gave his number one plate a perfect send off by leading the way and holding off a big challenge from fellow Spaniard Alex Rins for victory in the Valencia Moto2 Grand Prix, his third win of the season.

Rabat had a perfect start both times the lights went out with Alex Rins stepping up to challenge in the restart after a red flag meant the Moto2 field had to take to the line all over again.

The EG 0,0 Marc VDS man was unfazed and determined and rode a perfect race to pull away at the front and hold on for a final win before moving to MotoGP, with Rins reacting quickly to reel back in his rival and be a constant threat over the final laps.

The rookie of the year had one final lunge but Rabat was strong enough to keep the Paginas Amarillas HP 40 bike at bay, with second in the race guaranteeing second in the championship for the impressive Pons rider.

Rabat's win also means that the dominant Kalex brand have now won at every race track currently on the championship calendar.

Tom Luthi, last years race winner at the final round after Rabat's bike wobbled to let the Swiss man pass him on the line, was three seconds adrift for the final podium spot for the Derendinger Racing Interwetten team.

He was challenged all the way by a strong performance by Forward Racing's Lorenzo Baldassarri, translating his equal best start of fifth into a great result as the Italian continued to end his season strongly.

Sam Lowes signed off from Speed Up by forcing his way up from tenth to win the battle for fifth and then power away to finish solo on track.

Luis Salom held off a rapidly approaching Johann Zarco for sixth place for the third race running.

The Ajo Motorsport man still managed to finish his season on a high with his seventh place finish taking his winning points haul to 352, a new intermediate class record, beating Rabat's total from last season.

Axel Pons joined Zarco in the difficult job of powering past Simone Corsi, with the AGR racer taking and holding eighth, pushing Forward's Corsi down to ninth.

The final spot in the top ten went to QMMF rider Mika Kallio.

Idemitsu's Taka Nakaagmi was next to take the chequered flag in eleventh as he held off the advances of Alex Marquez, who stayed upright on his EG 0,0 Marc VDS machine when it mattered most for twelfth.

Sandro Cortese was also in contention in the same battle but was forced to settle for 13th. His future team-mate at Dynavolt Intact GP, Jonas Folger, was one place behind aboard the second AGR in 14th, while the final point went to Tech 3's Marcel Schrotter.

The Moto2 race ran at a shortened 18 laps after a multiple rider pile up at turn two on the original start saw Xavier Simeon, Robin Mulhauser, Xavi Vierge, Marcel Schrotter and Franco Morbidelli all fall victim to Hafizh Syahrin losing control of his Petronas bike, with Morbidelli coming off worse needing to be stretchered off, causing the red flag.

Both Morbidelli and Syahrin did not join the re-formed grid. The Malaysian was taken to hospital for a CT scan following a concussion.

Edgar Pons crashed in the restarted race, while wild-card Lucas Mahias retired his Transfiormers to the pits.



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