The one odd degree less than expected did not make much of a difference for the intermediate class field and the few drops of rain sprinkled soon after the start did not leave much of an impression either. Who did manage that was Mattia Pasini, the Italian promising a lot with his performance this year but finally delivering in style with an emotional fought out victory on home ground, over Thomas Luthi and Alex Marquez.
Pasini had made a great start from third on the grid and took over the lead of the race by the end of the first lap, the Italian confidently building a gap over the Estrella Galicia duo led by Alex Marquez and followed by a fast-starting Tom Luthi.
Takaaki Nakagami also looked set to feature in the podium battle but was unfortunate to get caught up in Lorenzo Baldassarri’s crash on lap one, taking both riders out of the race.
Marquez caught up with Pasini by lap four and the two exchanged the lead briefly as Luthi got past Franco Morbidelli soon after. The Swiss rider had a go at Marquez halfway through the race but the Spaniard reclaimed his spot rather quickly. Behind them, Morbidelli looked to be losing touch slightly, keeping the gap to the podium around one second until dropping back to finish fourth, three seconds off the winner.
Marquez waited until the final third of the race to have a proper go at Pasini but the Italian did not give up and pushed back with some strong moves. The Spaniard looked to have made it at the third attempt, Pasini losing to both Marquez and Luthi in the slipstream. Pasini had none of that, getting back past both of them with his favourite (and quite spectacular) move in turn seven with four laps to go.
Tom Luthi finally took the lead with the help of a slipstream as the small group was starting the last lap, but Pasini yet again found a way to overtake both Marquez and Luthi and keep a much deserved win.
The top four riders already had two seconds in hand over the chasing group led by Miguel Oliveira by lap three. The gap only increased as the laps were counting down, the Portuguese rider getting a gap on his pursuers but not making an impression on the people in front of him, which saw him finish fifth, with no one in sight at either end.
Pecco Bagnaia pulled off an excellent recovery job from his sixteenth starting position to climb as high as sixth by mid-race, fighting off Luca Marini, Simone Corsi and Jorge Navarro. He looked certain to finish there or thereabouts but crashed in turn one on the final lap, allowing Marini to take the honour, in front of Dominique Aegerter, Corsi and Navarro.
Brad Binder ignored any sort of residual consequences from his surgery to catch up with the group battling for sixth in the final laps and secure an impressive tenth place.
After towing Pasini along on several occasions throughout the weekend, Pasini returned the favour to Morbidelli by beating his two rivals and helping him in the title battle. Morbidelli now leads by 13 points over Luthi, with Marquez a further 22 points down on the Swiss rider.
|8||24||Simone CORSI||Speed Up||+13.703|
|14||87||Remy GARDNER||Tech 3||+21.335|
|25||37||Augusto FERNANDEZ||Speed Up||+45.382|
|26||89||Khairul Idham PAWI||Kalex||+45.385|
|52||Danny KENT||Kalex||12 Laps|
|62||Stefano MANZI||Kalex||12 Laps|
|30||Takaaki NAKAGAMI||Kalex||0 Lap|
|7||Lorenzo BALDASSARRI||Kalex||0 Lap|