Sunday action at the tricky Twin Ring Motegi circuit in Motegi, Japan was jumpstarted by a wild Moto3 race, which saw major drama unfold on the very first lap.

While racing for a spot in the top-five, championship leader was caught up in a wreck triggered by . Viñales attempted a pass on the inside of Salom in the V Corner when Viñales lost control and high-sided.

Both riders would be OK, but were no longer a factor in the race. Salom will look to bounce back at the finale in Valencia, where he enters with a two-point leader over Maverick Viñales.

The Moto2 race also saw a crash on the first lap, with three riders taking hard slams. lost control of his bike on exit of Turn 2, collecting and Alex .

Redding, who was still nursing a fractured wrist he suffered in a crash in Australia, collided with Rabat’s unmanned bike and was sent airborne. While in the air, the front-end of Redding’s bike clipped Rabat’s helmet.

The race was immediately red-flagged as medical crews attended to the three riders, who were eventually deemed to be OK.

Unfortunately for Redding, he was unable to restart and was forced to watch championship leader Pol Espargaro cruise to a race win, and ultimately the 2013 Moto2 title.

 

 

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