Race Report follows.
Mika Kallio forced his way to the front in the first few corners, followed by pole-sitter Maverick Vinales and the two took a few laps to make a gap from Johann Zarco and Tito Rabat. Five laps in, Vinales took the lead and let the riders behind him fight for second and give him the breathing space to make a solid gap.
Mika Kallio and Tito Rabat duelled for second and as Rabat passed Kallio and Kallio passed Rabat, Dominque Aegerter and Johann Zarco both took advantage of their fighting to force past, with Zarco eventually looking at a two and a half second gap to Vinales at half race distance.
Tito Rabat and Johann Zarco swapped places after Rabat set the fastest lap and Rabat saw the gap to Vinales stay at a constant 2.7 sec gap but three laps from the end, Rabat looked like he had more tyre left and the gap started dropping and Rabat started closing.
As it was, Maverick Vinales had made enough of a break at the beginning that he could manage the lead intelligently and end the race a second ahead of Tito Rabat with Johann Zarco, after a proper fight the last couple of laps with Thomas Luthi, over three seconds behind.
Tito Rabat's second place to Mika Kallio's seventh gives Rabat a thirty-three point lead in the title chase with Maverick Vinales cementing his third place with today's victory.
|3||5||Johann ZARCO||Caterham Suter||+4.876|
|9||22||Sam LOWES||Speed Up||+18.148|
|10||23||Marcel SCHROTTER||Tech 3||+19.693|
|14||88||Ricard CARDUS||Tech 3||+24.403|
|18||97||Roman RAMOS||Speed Up||+39.862|
|22||14||Ratthapark WILAIROT||Caterham Suter||+41.064|
|49||Axel PONS||Kalex||9 Laps|
|9||Kenny NOYES||TSR||15 Laps|
|19||Xavier SIMEON||Suter||17 Laps|
|95||Anthony WEST||Speed Up||17 Laps|