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Sun­day’s Moto3 race at Sepang de­scended into some­thing of a sham­bles af­ter race con­trol failed to re­spond to an oil spill on the open­ing lap which led to over half the field, in­clud­ing three of the lead group, crash­ing out of the race.

The race got off to a poor start, with a num­ber of open­ing-lap col­li­sions bring­ing down seven of the 31-rider field, in­clud­ing a crash at turn seven that left four rid­ers on the deck and a con­tam­i­nated sur­face.

That sur­face then caught out the lead­ing pack a lap later, with newly crowned world cham­pion Brad Bin­der, Joan Mir, Lorenzo Dalla Porta and Fabio Di Gian­nan­to­nio all crash­ing out of con­tention.

That left Ital­ian rider Francesco Bag­naia to take a clear win, his sec­ond vic­tory of the sea­son, ahead of Jakub Korn­feil and Bo Bend­sney­der.

How­ever, speak­ing af­ter the race, Bag­naia said the track con­tam­i­na­tion was clear to see.

“I saw on the big screens that a lot of rid­ers had crashed in the first laps, then I saw Bin­der and Mir crash in front of me. I saw from my pit board that I had two sec­onds to sec­ond, and knew that some­thing had hap­pened be­hind me.

“I guessed that other rid­ers were crash­ing at turn seven, be­cause I could see the oil on the track, and it would’ve been re­ally easy to make a mis­take.”

His com­ments were backed up by run­ner-up Korn­feil, who was amazed not to see the red flags come out dur­ing the race.

“I could see very eas­ily on the lap af­ter ev­ery­one crashed that there was a long line, maybe 50 me­tres long, of oil around the corner. It took a lot of time for the oil con­tam­i­na­tion to clear up, and I was ex­pect­ing race con­trol to stop the race, be­cause it was very dan­ger­ous.”

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