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Brno Moto2: Luthi dominates six-lap sprint in the rain

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Brno Moto2: Luthi dominates six-lap sprint in the rain
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Class veteran Thomas Luthi dominated a shortened Moto2 race at Brno, after the arrival of rain turned the event into a six-lap dash to the finish line.

The Swiss rider was victorious after taking the lead into Turn 1 from seventh on the grid of an interrupted race, after the red flags were shown at one-third distance in the original start.

With the first part of the race kicking off in dry conditions, poleman Mattia Pasini led the bulk of the early running before rain arrived on the seventh lap of the scheduled 20.

The Italian was then passed in quick succession by Franco Morbidelli and Miguel Oliveira at the start of the eighth lap, and had slipped to fourth behind Alex Marquez when the race was halted on lap 8.

However, with grid positions for the six-lap restart dictated by the standings at the end of the last completed lap, Pasini lined up on pole from Morbidelli and Oliveira.

Luthi had worked his way up from 11th on the original grid to take the restart in seventh, and surged to an immediate lead he would never lose.

Three laps into the restart, the Interwetten rider was three seconds clear of Marquez, and he took the finish line 4.991s clear of the Spaniard.

KTM's Oliveira completed the podium a further two seconds back, as points leader Morbidelli (Marc VDS) surprisingly faded from podium contention.

The Italian found himself bullied down to ninth place on the second lap of the restart, and could only recover one position to eighth after that, making Brno his worst finish of 2017 so far.

Morbidelli's troubles paved the way for Luca Marini (Forward) to come fourth ahead of Xavi Vierge (Tech 3) and Simone Corsi (Speed Up), while Francesco Bagnaia, who had also been in the running for a podium, slipped to seventh on his Sky Racing VR46 machine.

Completing the top 10 were Remy Gardner (Tech 3), son of 1987 500cc champion Wayne, and US rookie Joe Roberts, making his grand prix debut at AGR in place of Yonny Hernandez.

Pasini crashed out on the opening lap of the restart, while Sandro Cortese and Dominique Aegerter were non-starters after retiring during the initial start.

Race results:

Pos.#RiderBikeTime/Gap
1 12 switzerland Thomas Luthi  Kalex 13'39.036
2 73 spain Alex Marquez  Kalex 4.991
3 44 portugal Miguel Oliveira  KTM 6.983
4 10 italy Luca Marini  Kalex 9.190
5 97 spain Xavi Vierge  Tech 3 11.064
6 24 italy Simone Corsi  Speed Up 15.779
7 42 italy Francesco Bagnaia  Kalex 18.431
8 21 italy Franco Morbidelli  Kalex 19.743
9 87 australia Remy Gardner  Tech 3 19.843
10 20 united_states Joe Roberts  Kalex 20.168
11 9 spain Jorge Navarro  Kalex 20.372
12 41 south_africa Brad Binder  KTM 20.547
13 5 italy Andrea Locatelli  Kalex 21.657
14 89 malaysia Khairul Idham Pawi  Kalex 22.940
15 55 malaysia Hafizh Syahrin  Kalex 24.056
16 49 spain Axel Pons  Kalex 24.192
17 45 japan Tetsuta Nagashima  Kalex 24.441
18 7 italy Lorenzo Baldassarri  Kalex 25.607
19 27 spain Iker Lecuona  Kalex 26.483
20 40 france Fabio Quartararo  Kalex 26.769
21 62 italy Stefano Manzi  Kalex 28.069
22 98 czech_republic Karel Hanika  Kalex 28.167
23 19 belgium Xavier Simeon  Kalex 28.304
24 30 japan Takaaki Nakagami  Kalex 29.463
25 32 spain Isaac Viñales  Kalex 29.795
26 6 united_kingdom Tarran Mackenzie  Suter 30.353
27 37 spain Augusto Fernandez  Speed Up 30.555
28 57 spain Edgar Pons  Kalex 30.815
29 2 switzerland Jesko Raffin  Kalex 38.907
Ret 54 italy Mattia Pasini  Kalex -
NS  11 germany Sandro Cortese  Suter -
NS  77 switzerland Dominique Aegerter  Suter -
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Series Moto2
Event Brno
Location Brno Circuit
Drivers Thomas Luthi
Author Jamie Klein