Sepang Moto2: Scott Redding's points lead slashed by Espargaro
Scott Redding's Moto2 championship lead is down to just nine points over Pol Espargaro with three rounds left after a tough race for the Briton at Sepang
Redding had only qualified 10th, while Espargaro started from the front row.
A brilliant first lap brought Redding up to fourth, only for a horrific five-bike midfield crash to cause a red flag. All involved escaped serious injury.
At the restart, Espargaro took the lead while Redding had to avoid a collision between Xavier Simeon and Alex de Angelis and fell to 12th.
Espargaro was ultimately defeated by Pons team-mate Tito Rabat (pictured), but overcame Tom Luthi to secure second after a long battle.
Redding could only get up to sixth and then lost another place to Johann Zarco when he ran wide at the final corner.
Caterham launches Moto2 team for 2014, signs Josh Herrin
Phillip Island Moto2 race distance halved amid tyre concerns