Francesco Bagnaia won a chaotic, crash-marred race at the Sepang International Circuit Sunday to take his second win of the season. Bagnaia’s margin of victory, seven seconds, came after a total of 17 riders went down throughout contest which in the end, was red-flagged when rain started.
Jakub KornFeil grabbed second for the best finish of his career, seven seconds behind Bagnaia and just in front of third place Bo Bensneyder. The Dutch rider, a rookie in Moto3, grabbed his second podium of the season. Fabio Quartararosaw (4th) saw his challenge for a podium spot fall short when the race was red-flagged with three laps remaining.
Andrea Locatelli took fifth, just in front of Marcos Ramirez (6th). Gabriel Rodrigo (7th) just bested local hero Khairul Pawi (8th). Livio Loi survived a late-race collision with Maria Harrera to take 9th. Darin Binder completed the top 10.
The race started with a dry track but the first lap was hardly an indication of that. On Turn 2, Andrea Migno lost control of his KTM and collided with Juanfran Guevara. Both riders went down. Then at Turn 6, as Jorge Martin lost control of his bike and took out Nicolo Bulega, Tatsuki Suzuki, Aron Canet and Philipp Oettl.
Then at Turn 7, more chaos. Adam Norrodin went down at the corner followed by World Champion Brad Binder, Joan Mir, Lorenzo Dalla Porta and Fabio Di Giannantonio who slid from the course one after the other. This is when Bagnaia began building his lead. Both Binder and Dalla Porta rejoined the contest but had been lapped at that point.
|Pos.||No.||Rider||Bike||Time / Diff.|
|8||89||Khairul Idham PAWI||Honda||13.506|
|15||4||Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO||Honda||+1'15.163|
|16||48||Lorenzo DALLA PORTA||KTM||1 Lap|
|17||41||Brad BINDER||KTM||3 Laps|
|95||Jules DANILO||Honda||7 Laps|
|9||Jorge NAVARRO||Honda||8 Laps|
|12||Albert ARENAS||Peugeot||10 Laps|
|36||Joan MIR||KTM||11 Laps|
|24||Tatsuki SUZUKI||Mahindra||11 Laps|
|16||Andrea MIGNO||KTM||11 Laps|
|8||Nicolo BULEGA||KTM||12 Laps|
|Not Finished 1st Lap|
|88||Jorge MARTIN||Mahindra||0 Lap|
|44||Aron CANET||Honda||0 Lap|
|65||Philipp OETTL||KTM||0 Lap|
|58||Juanfran GUEVARA||KTM||0 Lap|
|7||Adam NORRODIN||Honda||0 Lap|
|71||Ayumu SASAKI||Honda||0 Lap|