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GP Week : Issue 192
While the premier class could be settled at the next race in Australia, the championship battles in the smaller classes are ramping up the tension. Both are unlikely to be settled until the last round at Valencia in November. The Moto2 race at Sepang was cut from a scheduled 19 laps to 12 after a horror crash on the first lap brought out the red flags ... Spaniard rider Axel Pons crashed going on to the back straight, and following riders ploughed into his Kalex bike as it slid back into the middle of the pack. This eliminated four of a record entry of eight local riders, though fortunately without serious injury. The race went to pole starter Tito Rabat, who took control on the first lap; while his Tuenti HP 40 Kalex team-mate Pol Espargaro firmly regained second from Thomas Luthi’s Interwetten Suter with two laps to go. With Mika Kallio (Marc VDS Kalex) and Dominique Aegerter (Technomag Suter) battling over fourth and fifth, there was worse to come for points leader Scott Redding (Marc VDS Kalex). He’d missed his chance of going with the front group when he was slowed by a crash in front of him in the first corner; then he lost sixth place to Johann Zarco’s Came Ioda Suter on the final lap. In this way, Redding’s lead was cut to only nine points – 224 to Espargaro’s 215; with Rabat not too far behind on 196. With three races left in this volatile class, it is still wide open. A thrilling Moto3 race kept the battle boiling in the smallest class. A pack of six bikes crossed the line in little over a second, with points leader Luis Salom (Red Bull KTM) taking his seventh win of the year by inches from long-time leader Alex Rins (Galicia Estrella KTM), Miguel Oliveira had a storming ride after getting left almost last after a bad start to take third, a first rostrum for Mahindra, setting a new record on the third lap; with Maverick Vinales (Calvo KTM) earning a penalty point for swerving across Jack Miller’s Caretta FTR-Honda to the finish line to secure fifth behind Alex Marquez (Estrella Galicia KTM). Salom has a gap of just 14 points on fellow- Spaniard Rins, with third compatriot Vinales only another 12 behind. Footnote: Mahindra’s first podium was “a Red Letter Day for Indian motor sport” , said team boss Mufaddal Choonia. It is the first such by any Indian manufacturer at the top level of motorcycle racing. A Race Direction tribunal on the eve of the sepang GP passed long-awaited judgement on the Aragon incident that left Dani Pedrosa looping through the air after a minor collision from behind by his Repsol Honda team-mate Marc Marquez – but punished the motorcycle much harder than the rider. The collision was little more than a normal racing brush, but the slight impact sliced through Pedrosa’s wheel-speed sensor, disabling his traction control and precipitating the crash as soon as he touched the throttle. He was preparing to attack leader Lorenzo at the time, with a strong chance of winning the race and revitalising his flagging title chances. Marquez was given the minor sanction of one penalty point, an acknowledgement according to the committee of several similar incidents at earlier races this year – the ex-Moto2 rider’s dramatic late braking style has seen several near collisions with both Lorenzo and Pedrosa. Added to two from silverstone after he crashed and almost hit marshals in spite of yellow flags warning of Crutchlow’s crash shortly before, it leaves him in danger of a back-of-the-grid start ... a compulsory punishment if a rider earns four points under the new system. Lorenzo reacted with theatrical irony before the race, chastising Race Directions leniency by suggesting that “because rider safety is less important than a good show for the crowds” Marquez should instead have been rewarded with an extra championship point, for setting an example to young riders. His straight-faced spoof continued as he listed Marquez’s many indiscretions, passing them off as “a good show”. Later he explained his target had not been the rider, but Race Direction. MARQuEZ puNIsHED; lORENZO lIVID MOTOGP >>> nEWs sMAllER ClAssEs sET FOR lAsT-RACE ClIMAx Moto2 and Moto3 in the balance with three rounds left 17 GPWEEK.com // 17 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: