At 12:00 local time a thrilling lightweight class race began, drama was immediate as a number of front-runners fell early. Among them was Bulega,... Joan Mir lucky to escape injury in Sepang crash

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At 12:00 local time a thrilling lightweight class race began, drama was immediate as a number of front-runners fell early. Among them was Bulega, vying with Joan Mir for the Rookie-of-the-year title. Soon the Spaniard moved into the lead of the race.

Unfortunately, at Turn 7, the treacherous asphalt betrayed the leading group by putting an end to their dreams of glory and with only Bagnaia staying upright. Mir, Binder and Di Giannantonio all fell in unison, an unbelievable sight and a clear sign something was not right on track.

In the standings Joan Mir remains stationary at 124 points. Next up on the 11 to 13 November is the Valencia race – the last round of the season in 2016.

#36 Joan MIR – DNF:
“It was a real shame, but lucky I did not have any serious injuries. From what little it lasted it was a very good race because I felt I had the margin to run away or stay in front for the whole race. In that corner there was oil on the track from a previous fall: I was the first to pass. I want to thank my team because today they handed me a bike fast enough to fight for victory.”

Source: Leopard Racing