Full report and results below:
Pol Espargaro has taken a rampant victory after an incident packed, red-flagged and restarted Moto2 race at the twin-ring circuit in Motegi. The Spaniard in turn wrapped up a well deserved 2013 World Championship title, having won more races than any other rider over the course of the season to date. The Pons Tuenti rider had to fight off a stern early challenge from Marc VDS rider Mika Kallio who in the end couldn't maintain the pace and had to settle for a fairly distant second place. Suisse rider Thomas Luthi completed the podium placings.
Xavier Simeon took a commendable fourth ahead of Spanish pair Julian Simon and Nico Terol. Speed Up rider Alex DeAngelis finished in seventh ahead of Dominique Aegerter, who did an amazing job after starting the race from the back of the field after a crash in the initial running. Local hero Takaaki Nakagami and Mattia Pasini rounded out the top ten.
The high drama of the weekend continued instantly at the beginning of the race as Esteve Rabat high sided coming out of the first corner and was struck by a hapless Scott Redding who had no where to go and then collided into Rabat's prone Kalex machine. The Brit suffered an ugly fall and devastatingly saw his title chances disappear. The championship contender was stretchered away while Alex Marinelarena, who was also brought down in the incident, received extensive medical attention at the side of the circuit and was also taken away by stretcher as red flags were displayed around the circuit.
All riders received assistance at the circuit medical centre, Rabat was fortunately able to be ridden back by a marshal looking shaken, groggy and distressed by the incident. Thankfully all three riders involved were eventually deemed 'OK' but obviously took no part in the restart. Rabat was able to walk away from the medical centre, Redding though hobbled away gingerly, flanked by his forlorn team, thankfully having done no further damage to his broken left wrist as Marinelarena was kept under observation for some final treatment.
|7||15||Alex DE ANGELIS||Speed Up||12.718|
|10||54||Mattia PASINI||Speed Up||20.679|
|11||95||Anthony WEST||Speed Up||30.759|
|14||8||Gino REA||Speed Up||31.505|
|17||88||Ricard CARDUS||Speed Up||46.192|
|19||44||Steven ODENDAAL||Speed Up||54.433|
|97||Rafid Topan SUCIPTO||Speed Up||4 Laps|
|5||Johann ZARCO||Suter||6 Laps|
|81||Jordi TORRES||Suter||7 Laps|
|96||Louis ROSSI||Tech 3||7 Laps|
|7||Doni Tata PRADITA||Suter||13 Laps|
|3||Simone CORSI||Speed Up||14 Laps|
|80||Esteve RABAT||Kalex||0 Lap|
|92||Alex MARIÑELARENA||Kalex||0 Lap|
|45||Scott REDDING||Kalex||0 Lap|