The ever controversial and interesting Marc Marquez got the Japanese Moto2 race off to an interesting start – or not- when he left his bike in neutral on the line and was lucky not to be hit, especially by Dominique Aegerter on his 100th GP start.
The Catalunya Caixa Repsol rider then sliced throught the field in just a matter of laps with main rival Pol Espargaro giving him a run for his money after a number of near-offs. That was how they went on to finish while Espargaro’s Tuenti Movil HP40 team mate Tito rabat made it a great day for the team by taking the final podium spot.
Briton Scott Redding was fourth, despite injury and battling a unwary Toni Elias, returning to the class with Italtrans but eventually to crash out, and later Tom Luthi. Bradley Smith retired with bike issues.
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