|Rabat celebrates win number five Photo:Marc VDS|
Masbou takes Moto3 victory as Rins stopped racing a lap too soon, while Rabat dominated to win by a huge margin as showers arrived for Moto2
The Moto3 class had a thrilling Czech Republic Grand Prix around the Brno circuit with much of the field in contention for the entire race distance.
The 25 strong pack eventually lessened to 17, with the top ten all in contention for the win when it came to the final lap.
Ongetta-Rivacold’s Alexis Masbou made his final move at the right moment to power away on the straight after the final corner for his first win, also the first victory for a Frenchman since Zarco in 2011.
Enea Bastainini, racing with a cracked heel, was pushed into second for Junior Team Go&Fun, equalling the Italians best ever race finish in his rookie year.
British rider Danny Kent gave Husqvarna their first podium finish in Moto3 in third, his best finish of the season, illustrating perfectly the closeness of the race as he started the final lap from ninth after a wobble saw him lose pace.
Alex Marquez took fourth and moves into second in the championship standings, still led by Jack Miller who crossed the line next for fifth for Red Bull KTM Ajo.
Brad Binder had also led briefly in the rush for first but lost out after a hard move by Bastainini to finish top Mahindra rider in sixth for Ambrogio Racing. Miguel Oilvera was just behind, again for Mahindra in seventh.
SaxoPrint-RTG’s Indy winner Efern Vazquez crossed the finish line eighth one place ahead of Alex Rins, who appeared to think the race had finished one lap earlier, punching the air as he crossed the line at the end of the penultimate lap to have to catch up and recover ninth.
Leader at the very first corner Isaac Vinales was tenth for Team Calvo, Romano Fenati eleventh for Sky Racing Team VR46 and Niklas Ajo 12th on the second of the Husqvarna entries.
Nico Antonelli failed to capitalise on his excellent qualifying in 13th for Junior Go & Fun. The final points went to the home riders – Calvo’s Jakub Kornfeil in 14th and Karel Hanika 15th.
Moto2 was the opposite of the opening races frantic action with Tito Rabat easing away to dominate and win by an impressive margin of 3.274 seconds.
He celebrated his fifth win of the season by allowing a man in an all over chequered flag print suit ride as passenger as he increased his championship lead to twelve points over Marc VDS team-mate Mika Kallio.
His win also takes the Kalex Moto2 win tally to 30, matching the current best total of Suter as they rivals compete to be top constructor in a class once dominated by Suter machines.
Kallio was riding solo in second while Sandro Cortese also had a lonely ride clear in third, the German’s first Moto2 podium since arriving in the class with for Dynavolt Intact GP.
The battle for fourth was far more tense as down the filed the Swiss pair of Interwetten rider Tom Luthi and Technomag’s Dominique Aegerter swapped position. Luthi was the eventual winner of their fight, with Aegerter settling for fifth.
Sixth went to Maverick Vinales who cut through the pack after qualifying down in 17th.
Italtrans rider Julian Simon was seventh before a gap back to his team-mate Franco Morbidelli who was next to take the flag in eighth.
Air Asia Caterham’s Johann Zarco was ninth as Marcel Schrotter muscled his Tech 3 inside the top ten.
Axel Pons finished 11th for AGR, Simone Corsi 12th for NGM Forward racing, Hafizh Syahrin 13th for Petronas Raceline Malaysia, Xavier Simeon 14th for Gresini with Pons’ team-mate Jonas Folger taking the final point on offer.
British rider Gino Rea was 26thfor AGT REA Racing.
Notable crashers include Speed Up Brit Sam Lowes, who fell while chasing Kallio at the front and Luis Salom who slammed his whole body into the gravel repeatedly in frustration and anger after being the final faller from his Paginas Amarillas HP 40 machine.