Moto2 ran for three complete laps before a red flag was brought out for a deflated safety fence. The quick restart procedure was brought into play but eight riders missed the one minute window to get on to the track and were forced to start from the pit lane.
Unfortunately, they weren't quick enough to get their bikes off the grid and the restart was stopped. The second restart would be a ten lap sprint. The eight late riders all started from the back of the grid.
Xavier Simeon crashed on the warmup lap, just to add to the drama, and missed the start.
Thomas Luthi got the better start and instantly took the lead ahead of Lorenzo Baldissarri, Hafizh Syahrin, Marcel Schrotter and Johann Zarco. Sam Lowes was pushed aside into the first turn and had to slot into sixth. Baldissarri made a clean pass on Luthi on the first lap to the plaudits of the Italian crowd. Championship leader Alex Rins was in 20th place after having to start from the back of the grid as one of the eight restart time limit transgressors.
On the second lap, Zarco and Lowes made quick work of Schrotter, throwing him into the clutches of Alex Pons and out of the leading group of five.
On the third lap, Luthi sliced under Baldissarri for the lead into turn one, but couldn't get away from him and was hounded by the Italian throughout the lap. Pons was the only rider outside of the top five to stand a chance of catching them and he started his campaign to break free of the riders behind.
Johann Zarco continued his charge to the front and got past Hafizh Syahrin then Thomas Luthi to take second place five laps in. Syahrin took advantage of Luthi going wide to climb to third place.
On the sixth lap, Zarco took the lead and Luthi took third back from Syahrin. Lowes dove underneath Syahrin but Syahrin leaned on him, requiring Lowes to use the elbow to remove him from his side. Lowes turned and gesticulated as he passed him and tried to catch Luthi.
Zarco and Baldissarri swapped the lead a few times and Syahrin took fourth back off Lowes. Lap eight and Zarco led Baldissarri, swapping places again, but Baldissarri led on the penultimate lap, getting used to swapping places with Zarco.
Lowes took fourth from Syahrin and finally made it stick and set about Luthi in third.
On the last lap, Baldissarri took the lead into turn one, but Zarco forced his way past a few turns later and fought defensively for the remainder of the lap. Lowes succeeded in not only catching Luthi but passing him and pushed hard to maintain the place.
No last corner passes, no slipstream, Johann Zarco won by under a tenth of a second from Lorenzo Baldissarri while Sam Lowes held off Thomas Luthi for the last place on the podium and the championship lead.
|12||24||Simone CORSI||Speed Up||+7.659|
|17||60||Julian SIMON||Speed Up||+10.410|
|24||32||Isaac VIÑALES||Tech 3||+21.734|
|39||Luis SALOM||Kalex||2 Laps|
|54||Mattia PASINI||Kalex||9 Laps|
|19||Xavier SIMEON||Speed Up||0 Lap|
|10||Luca MARINI||Kalex||0 Lap|
|97||Xavi VIERGE||Tech 3||0 Lap|