Moto3 took their traditional place in the Sunday timetable and kicked off the race day action for the San Marino round of the world championship at Misano.
Alex Rins and Maverick Vinales broke away at the front and enjoyed a race-long battle for position, with a well timed late move by Estrella Galicia rider Rins handing him victory.
|Scott Redding, still leading the title hunt but not the race Photo:Marc VDS
Vinales had to settle for second for Team Calvo, bur scored his first ever Misano podium, though a win has now eluded him since Le Mans.
Third went to Alex Marquez who sailed past Salom in the early stages and then ran a fairly lonely race for the duration as he could not quite catch the leading duo.
Championship leader Luis Salom found himself caught up in the battle for fourth, a fight that he won for Red Bull KTM Ajo.
He out-raced Jack Miller, who was top Honda in fifth and his team-mate Zulfahmi Khairuddin in sixth.
Also involved in the chasing pack were Mahindra’s Miguel Oliveira settling for seventh ahead of top Italian Niccolo Antonelli in Eighth.
Philipp Oettl has his best finish in ninth for Tec Interwetten Moto3 Racing, holding off a speedy Romano Fenati in tenth.
Niklas Ajo managed an impressive eleventh after just one lap of qualifying as he was in hospital having checks.
The remaining points went to Efren Vazquez in 12th, Jakub Kornfeil in 13th, Isaac Vinales in 14th and Arthur Sissis in 15th.
Brit John McPhee finished in 20thfor Caretta Technology-RTG
Moto2 also saw trouble for it’s championship leader with Pol Espargaro denying Taka Nakagami and Redding finishing sixth.
Keeping his record of victory for every pole start he has had this season Espargaro took his first win since Assen.
He caught and decisively passed long time race leader Nakagami, who had to settle for second for the fourth successive race. The Japanese rider dedicated his performance to the late Shoya Tomizawa and carried a flag in his name. It was also his Italtrans team’s home Grand Prix weekend.
Third went to Espargaro’s team-mate Rabat, who didn’t quite have enough to chase down the leaders .
Tom Luthi bounced back after a mid-race lull to lead the chasing pack across the line in fourth for Interwetten Paddock ahead of Dominique Agerter who maintains his long points scoring run in fifth.
Marc VDS rider Scott Redding snatched his sixth place on the line from Johann Zarco who was forced in to seventh.
Xavier Simeon raced his way to eighth, while Mika Kallio survived a knock from the Belgian to cross the line ninth, Aspar’s Nico Terol finished in tenth.
Ant West was the top Speed Up rider in 11th for QMMF, ahead of the top Italian racer Mattia Pasini in 12th for NGM.
The remaining points were scored by Italtrans Kulian Simon in 13th, Marcel Schrotter in 14thwhile San Marino rider Alex De Angelis took the final point at home in 15th place.
Brit Danny Kent finished 19thfor Tech3. Fellow countryman Gino Rea was 22nd in his wild-card performance despite racing with a broken hand.
Misano Moto3 Top 15:
1. Alex Rins SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 39m 50.516s
2. Maverick Viñales SPA Team Calvo (KTM) 39m 50.566s
3. Alex Marquez SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 39m 56.950s
4. Luis Salom SPA Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 40m 7.813s
5. Jack Miller AUS Caretta Technology – RTG (FTR Honda) 40m 8.527s
6. Zulfahmi Khairuddin MAL Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 40m 8.649s
7. Miguel Oliveira POR Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 40m 8.972s
8. Niccolò Antonelli ITA GO&FUN Gresini Moto3 (FTR Honda) 40m 9.120s
9. Philipp Oettl GER Tec Interwetten Moto3 Racing (Kalex KTM) 40m 15.408s
10. Romano Fenati ITA San Carlo Team Italia (FTR Honda) 40m 15.629s
11. Niklas Ajo FIN Avant Tecno (KTM) 40m 18.135s
12. Efren Vazquez SPA Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 40m 18.150s
13. Jakub Kornfeil CZE Redox RW Racing GP (Kalex KTM) 40m 18.199s
14. Isaac Viñales SPA Ongetta-Centro Seta (FTR Honda) 40m 18.350s
15. Arthur Sissis AUS Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 40m 18.415s
Misano Moto2 Top 15:
1. Pol Espargaro SPA Tuenti HP 40 (Kalex) 42m 47.098s
2. Takaaki Nakagami JPN Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 42m 47.719s
3. Esteve Rabat SPA Tuenti HP 40 (Kalex) 42m 48.913s
4. Thomas Luthi SWI Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Rac (Suter) 43m 0.017s
5. Dominique Aegerter SWI Technomag carXpert (Suter) 43m 2.023s
6. Scott Redding GBR Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 43m 2.221s
7. Johann Zarco FRA Came Iodaracing Project (Suter) 43m 2.357s
8. Xavier Simeon BEL Maptaq SAG Zelos Team (Kalex) 43m 7.467s
9. Mika Kallio FIN Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 43m 7.713s
10. Nicolas Terol SPA Aspar Team Moto2 (Suter) 43m 11.733s
11. Anthony West AUS QMMF Racing Team (Speed Up) 43m 15.747s
12. Mattia Pasini ITA NGM Mobile Racing (Speed Up) 43m 16.271s
13. Julian Simon SPA Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 43m 16.516s
14. Marcel Schrotter GER Maptaq SAG Zelos Team (Kalex) 43m 16.556s
15. Alex De Angelis RSM NGM Mobile Forward Racing (Speed Up) 43m 24.816s