Originally scheduled to be a 19-lap encounter, the race distance was shortened to 12 tours following a delay after multiple collisions among multiple bikes on the opening lap.

As reported by MotoGP.com

After the initial incident for Axel Pons (Tuenti HP 40), Fadli Immammuddin (JIR ) collected the stranded bike before Ezequiel Iturrioz (Blusens Avintia), Zaqhwan Zaidi (Technomag carXpert) and Decha Kraisart (Singha Eneos Yamaha Tech 3) also became involved. Thankfully, all riders escaped major injury.