Francesco 'Pecco' Bagnaia dominated at the front of the Malaysian Moto3 Grand Prix and kept his nerve as large groups of riders fell around him and was over seven seconds clear when the race was eventually ended by a red flag, with Maria Herrera on track after a fall.

The Pull & Bear Aspar rider claimed his second win of the season in the controversial finish - the race was not stopped for any of the multiple falls earlier despite a suggestion of liquid on track - moving the Mahindra man to third overall in the championship standings.

The result was taken back to lap thirteen, cancelling out rookie Bo Bendsneyder's overtake for second, handing the position back to Jakub Kornfeil and the Drive M7 SIC team at their home track.

Their Honda was joined on the podium by Bendsneyder's Red Bull Ajo KTM, putting three different manufacturers on the rostrum in Sepang.

Fabio Quartararo had been making progress to join the front three and was upset to have lost the opportunity to challenge for a podium finish, handed fourth with Leopard Racing.

Fifth went to his team-mate Andrea Locatelli, while Marcos Ramirez was an excellent sixth for Platinum Bay Real Estate, one better than his seventh in the last round for another career best in just his eighth race.

Gabriel Rdrigo slipped to seventh for RBA, home rider Khairul Idham Pawi eighth for Honda Team Asia, with Livio Loi staying on for ninth with RW Racing.

Darryn Binder completed the top ten on the second Platinum Bay Real Estate entry.

Hafiq Azmi (replacing John McPhee at Peugeot) took points at home in eleventh, with faller Antonelli rejoining for twelfth for Ongetta-Rivacold.

The remaining points went to Stefano Valtulini (3570 Team Italia), in a career best 13th, his team-mate Lorenzo Petrarca in 14th, also recording a best ever finish, and the remounted Fabio Di Giannantonio in 15th for Gresini.

Only 17 of the 31 starters finished the race with Lorenzo Dalla Porta and Brad Binder the only other riders recording a finish despite being laps down. It also means there is no change in the battle for second in the championship, still held by the absent Bastianini, or in the rookie standings, with Bulega still in front overall.

There were multiple crashes on the opening lap with Andrea Migno, Juanfran Guevara and Ayumu Sasaki (replacing Bastianini) all exiting at turn two.

The long lap time meant there were no stoppages as Joan Mir slid out of first after hitting something slippery on track at turn six two laps later, swiftly followed into a heap of man and metal by Binder, Dalla Porta and Di Giannantonio.

Philipp Oettl checked up on his fellow riders after Jorge Martin started the turn six collision, with Aron Canet and Nicolo Bulega also collected, Bulega held his shoulder as he rode back into the pits. Adam Norrodin fell one corner later.

Ongetta riders Niccolo Antonelli and Jules Danilo fell at the same corner in unrelated incidents with 12 laps remaining. Jorge Navarro crashed out one lap earlier. Tatsuki Suzuki and Albert Arenas also failed to finish.

Maria Herrera was the final faller, hitting the back of Loi, she walked away but her crash brought out the red flag, ending the race.

Hiroki Ono withdrew after picking up an injury following his qualifying highside.



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