Misano Moto2: Aegerter wins chaotic wet race, 22 riders crash

Dominique Aegerter kept Tom Luthi at bay to take his second-ever Moto2 victory at a soaking-wet Misano, where 22 riders, including Franco Morbidelli from the lead, crashed.

Misano Moto2: Aegerter wins chaotic wet race, 22 riders crash

The race started with Morbidelli quickly building a comfortable lead from second on the grid, taking advantage of pole-sitter Mattia Pasini having a sluggish getaway.

Pasini was running third behind Morbidelli and Aegerter when he crashed on Lap 2 at Turn 6, with Lorenzo Baldassarri also crashing at the same spot from sixth.

At the front, Morbidelli had a 2.4s gap after three laps, but then it was his turn to crash at Quercia a lap after Pasini did.

That handed Aegerter the lead, who had a similarly big advantage over the trio of Miguel Oliveira, Luthi and Takaaki Nakagami.

However, Luthi soon separated himself from the other two and caught up with Aegerter.

Luthi spent the rest of the race close behind Aegerter, once even taking the lead for a few corners when Aegerter made a small mistake, but eventually settled for second and cut into Morbidelli's points lead by 20 points.

Aegerter's Kiefer became the first Suter bike to win since 2014 in Valencia, breaking a more than two-year winning streak for Kalex.

Hafizh Syahrin took third after passing Nakagami and benefitting from Oliveira crashing out.

Nakagami then also fell behind Francesco Bagnaia, who secured fourth, and then crashed out of fifth on the final lap.

Simone Corsi did the same from sixth, allowing KTM's Brad Binder and Intact GP's Sandro Cortese to take fifth and sixth respectively.

The top 10 was completed by Fabio Quartararo, Corsi, who rejoined after his crash, Khairul Idham Pawi and Jesko Raffin, the last of only nine riders not to fall.

Similarly to Corsi, Nakagami also completed the race despite his late-crash, finishing 11th.

With Luthi taking second and Morbidelli retiring, the Italian only leads the championship by 9 points.

Race results

1 switzerland Dominique Aegerter  Suter 51'39.709 
2 switzerland Thomas Luthi  Kalex 1.400
3 malaysia Hafizh Syahrin  Kalex 7.875
4 italy Francesco Bagnaia  Kalex 21.223
5 south_africa Brad Binder  KTM 23.849
6 germany Sandro Cortese  Suter 41.421
7 france Fabio Quartararo  Kalex 43.107
8 italy Simone Corsi  Speed Up 56.926
9 malaysia Khairul Idham Pawi  Kalex 1'01.495
10 switzerland Jesko Raffin  Kalex 1'20.192
11 japan Takaaki Nakagami  Kalex 1'32.448
12 san_marino Alex de Angelis  Suter 1 lap
13 australia Remy Gardner  Tech 3 1 lap
14 japan Tetsuta Nagashima  Kalex 1 lap
15 spain Xavi Vierge  Tech 3 1 lap
16 italy Federico Fuligni  Kalex 1 lap
  italy Stefano Manzi  Kalex 4 laps
  united_states Joe Roberts  Kalex 14 laps
  italy Andrea Locatelli  Kalex 15 laps
  spain Iker Lecuona  Kalex 15 laps
  portugal Miguel Oliveira  KTM 16 laps
  belgium Xavier Simeon  Kalex 17 laps
  spain Augusto Fernandez  Speed Up 17 laps
  spain Isaac Viñales  Kalex 19 laps
  spain Jorge Navarro  Kalex 21 laps
  spain Edgar Pons  Kalex 21 laps
  italy Franco Morbidelli  Kalex 23 laps
  italy Mattia Pasini  Kalex 24 laps
  italy Lorenzo Baldassarri  Kalex 24 laps
  united_kingdom Tarran Mackenzie  Suter 25 laps
  italy Luca Marini  Kalex  
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Series Moto2
Event Misano
Sub-event Sunday race
Location Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli
Drivers Dominique Aegerter
Teams Kiefer Racing
Author David Gruz