Race Report follows.
As the lights went out, Isaac Vinales took to first place ahead of Alex Marquez and a charging Enea Bastianini, but Vinales was unable to keep with the leading pack and was relegated to the middle of the crowded track. John McPhee suffered another crash at the hands of Jorge Navarro and was quoted as saying "Navarro's an idiot. Simple as that," about his rival's actions on the second lap.
With dry weather throughout, and the wide, sweeping track, a seventeen bike charge covered by under two seconds was no surprise. Alex Marquez, Alexis Masbou, Alex Rins, Brad Minder and Enea Bastianini took turns at the front, but couldn't break away from the bikes behind.
The race was all seventeen riders at the front jockeying for position and, with three laps left, Jack Miller made his way through to the front from his comfortable seat in sixth place, trading places with Alex Marquez, Alex Rins and Enea Bastianini while Alexis Masbou and Danny Kent taking their places behind the fighting at the front.
With two laps to go, Danny Kent in fourth place had a little wobble, giving the front three a small gap to fight. As Jack Miller, Alex Marquez and Alex Rins crossed the line, Rins celebrated what he thought was a win as he slipped past the others to lead over the line. As he realised his mistake, he put his right hand back on the throttle and recovered for ninth.
On the last corner, five riders jousted, with Alexis Masbou block-passing Jack Miller for the lead, chopping a few km/h of momentum off the Australian, as the five charged to the line.
Alexis Masbou took his maiden victory, with Enea Bastianini sneaking through in second and Danny Kent timing his charge perfectly in third, pipping Alex Marquez to the podium. Jack Miller's fifth place behind Marquez reduced his title lead by two points.
|16||58||Juanfran GUEVARA||Kalex KTM||+1.944|
|19||9||Scott DEROUE||Kalex KTM||+15.179|
|24||65||Philipp OETTL||Kalex KTM||+26.792|
|29||4||Gabriel RAMOS||Kalex KTM||+1'06.287|
|43||Luca GRÜNWALD||Kalex KTM||7 Laps|
|22||Ana CARRASCO||Kalex KTM||7 Laps|
|91||Gabriel RODRIGO||KTM||8 Laps|
|17||John MCPHEE||Honda||18 Laps|
|99||Jorge NAVARRO||Kalex KTM||18 Laps|