Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) took his second win of the season with a comfortable victory after early race leader Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) crashed out at Turn 4 after losing the front because, according to Marquez, braking too late. Crutchlow, who was then second inherited the lead ahead of Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) who had worked his way through the field from fifteenth and was expected to challenge for the lead. But Crutchlow rode brilliantly to extend his lead over Rossi, crossing the finish line over four seconds ahead.
After battling with Andrea Dovizioso (Ducti Team) and Aleix Espargaro (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) , who eventually crashed at turn 4, Maverick Vinales (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) completed the podium positions in third with an excellent ride from thirteenth on the starting grid with Dovizioso finishing fourth with Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) a distant fifth and Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) a lonely sixth.
1 Cal CRUTCHLOW (GBR) LCR Honda Honda 40’48.543
2 Valentino ROSSI (ITA) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +4.218
3 Maverick VIÑALES (SPA) Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +5.309
In a stunning photo finish victory went to Motegi winner Thomas Luthi (Garage Plus Interwetten) for his first ever back-to-back race wins.. Luthi led for most of the race closely followed by Franco Morbidelli (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) and Matia Pasini (Italtrans Racing Team) until Pasini crashed out at Turn 4. Morbidelli made his move for victory late in the race and led onto the straight for the final run to the finish line but Luthi used the slipstream to perfection to cross the line just one-hundredth of a second ahead of Morbidelli.
Sandro Cortese (Dynavolt Intact GP) rode well after a poor start to finish a close third, his best ever Moto2 result.
In fourth place was Lorenzo Baldassarri (Forward Team) with an injured Takaaki Nakagami (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia) fifth and Jonas Folger (Dynavolt Intact GP) sixth.
Championship leader Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) had a poor race finishing 12th. but his main rival, Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP 40), crashed out as did Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2). Lithi’s win now moves him up to second place in the championship only 22 points behind Zarco.
1 Thomas LUTHI (SWI) Garage Plus Interwetten Kalex 39’15.891
2 Franco MORBIDELLI (ITA) Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex +0.010
3 Sandro CORTESE (GER) Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex +0.530
After the first race was red flagged because of a multi-rider crash at Lukey Heights the race was re-run over ten laps resulting in an emphatic win for 2016 World Champion brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) with Andrea Locatelli (Leopard Racing) a comfortable second.
However the race for the final podium position was a contest between sixteen riders which was eventually won by Aron Canet (Estrella Galicia 0,0) who crossed the line less than 0.05 sec. ahead of Darryn Binder (Platinum Bay Real Estate) in fourth with Livio Loi (RW Racing GP BV) fifth and Jorge Martin (Pull & Bear Aspar Mahindra Team) sixth. Just over one second covered finishers three to fourteen.
1 Brad BINDER (RSA) Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 16’22.009
2 Andrea LOCATELLI (ITA) Leopard Racing KTM +5.937
3 Aron CANET (SPA) Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +9.594