Sandro Cortese prevailed in a thrilling head-to-head battle with Johann Zarco to take his first ever Grand Prix victory, denying the Frenchman his maiden win in the process. Zarco still emerged a winner though, with Nicolas Terol's retirement blowing the title race wide open.
All looked to be well for the Spaniard who made a lightning getaway from pole position and after some early place-swapping with Zarco, settled into a lead with the Derbi and Cortese's Aprilia locked onto his rear wheel.
Sadly for British supporters though, Danny Kent's impressive weekend ended early. The 17 year old started from a career high of sixth after Luis Salom's warm-up crash forced him to pull out, but the Red Bull Ajo Aprilia grinded to a halt little over a lap into the race.
Disaster struck for the leader on lap nine as Terol began to slow down exiting turn one, seemingly unable to find a gear. With over five kilometres to travel before reaching the pitlane, Terol was forced to park his Aprilia, virtually guaranteeing a first-time winner.
It also meant that the five riders dicing for fourth all had a podium finish in their sights. Hector Faubel led the group ahead of the two Blusens Aprilias of Sergio Gadea and Maverick Vinales who had scythed through the field following poor grid slots. Alberto Moncayo and Miguel Oliveira were hot on their heels but Efren Vazquez took himself out of contention with a crash on lap 14.
The two leaders continued to ride nose-to-tail until the start of the penultimate lap when Cortese slipped up the inside of Zarco into turn one. The Frenchman returned the compliment on the final tour but his near-endless search for a first win will go on after Cortese elbowed his way through at the final esses.
The fight for the final podium position was equally explosive Vinales and Gadea slugged it out. The two Blusens teammates dropped back in the closing stages though allowing Moncayo to the front of the group. Faubel made a desperate late attempt on the run to the finish line but the younger Spaniard held on to claim his first ever Grand Prix podium.
Gadea and Vinales were forced to settle for fifth and sixth but with Terol drawing a blank, the 16 year old at least closed in on the championship leader. Oliveira should have finished right on his tail but came unstuck in the mad scramble through the final bend, dropping to 23rd.
This promoted home favourite Jakub Kornfeil to seventh, equalling his best result of the year, while Simone Grotzkyj finished higher in a Grand Prix than ever before in eighth. Malaysian rider Zulfahmi Khairuddin also had plenty to celebrate with ninth while Jasper Iwema completed the top ten.
Despite Danny Kent's frustration, British supporters had plenty to smile about as Danny Webb came from 22nd to 12th with Harry Stafford right on his tail, finally scoring his first points in Grand Prix racing. Taylor Mackenzie made it to the finish in 21st.
Race Result (19 Laps):
|1||Sandro Cortese||GER||Aprilia||Intact-Racing Team Germany||40:59.229|
|3||Alberto Moncayo||SPA||Aprilia||AndalucÃa Banca Civica||+10.773|
|4||Hector Faubel||SPA||Aprilia||Bankia Aspar Team||+10.794|
|5||Sergio Gadea||SPA||Aprilia||Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing||+11.144|
|6||Maverick Vinales||SPA||Aprilia||Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing||+11.473|
|8||Simone Grotzkyj||ITA||Aprilia||Phonica Racing||+39.982|
|11||Luigi Morciano||ITA||Aprilia||Team Italia FMI||+43.183|
|12||Danny Webb||GBR||Mahindra||Mahindra Racing||+43.675|
|14||Marcel Schrotter||GER||Mahindra||Mahindra Racing||+44.076|
|15||Louis Rossi||FRA||Aprilia||Matteoni Racing||+50.240|
|16||Sturla Fagerhaug||NOR||Aprilia||WTR-Ten10 Racing||+50.297|
|17||Miroslav Popov (WC)||CZE||Aprilia||Ellegi Racing||+1:06.807|
|18||Luca Gruenwald (WC)||NED||KTM||Freudenberg Racing Team||+1:06.870|
|19||Alessandro Tonucci||ITA||Aprilia||Team Italia FMI||+1:07.004|
|20||Francesco Mauriello||ITA||Aprilia||WTR-Ten10 Racing||+1:07.132|
|21||Taylor Mackenzie||GBR||Aprilia||Phonica Racing||+1:15.543|
|22||Joan Perello||SPA||Aprilia||Matteoni Racing||+1:19.523|
|23||Miguel Oliveira||POR||Aprilia||AndalucÃa Banca Civica||+1:19.885|
|24||Giulian Pedone||SWI||Aprilia||Phonica Racing||+1:33.814|
|25||Ladislav Chmelik (WC)||CZE||Aprilia||RJR Racing||+1:45.564|
|26||Peter Sebestyen||HUN||KTM||Caretta Technology||+2:03.770|
|Manuel Tatasciore (WC)||ITA||Aprilia||Phonica Racing||+3 Laps|
|Efren Vazquez||SPA||Derbi||Avant-AirAsia-Ajo||+6 Laps|
|Nicolas Terol||SPA||Aprilia||Bankia Aspar Team||+11 Laps|
|Alexis Masbou||FRA||KTM||Caretta Technology||+17 Laps|
|Danny Kent||GBR||Aprilia||Red Bull Ajo MotorSport||+18 Laps|
|Adrian Martin||SPA||Aprilia||Bankia Aspar Team||+18 Laps|
|Niklas Ajo||FIN||Aprilia||TT Motion Events Racing||+19 Laps|
|Luis Salom||SPA||Aprilia||RW Racing GP||Injured|
|Did Not Qualify|
|Jacub Jantulik (WC)||SVK||Honda||AMK Brno Junior Team|
Lap Leaders (19 Laps):
Terol (1, 3, 5-8), Zarco (2, 4, 9-17), Cortese (18-19)
Riders Championship (After Round 10: Czech Republic)
|1||Nicolas Terol||SPA||Aprilia||Bankia Aspar Team||5||166|
|3||Maverick Vinales||SPA||Aprilia||Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing||2||132|
|4||Sandro Cortese||GER||Aprilia||Intact-Racing Team Germany||1||131|
|5||Jonas Folger||GER||Aprilia||Red Bull Ajo MotorSport||1||110|
|6||Hector Faubel||SPA||Aprilia||Bankia Aspar Team||1||103|
|8||Sergio Gadea||SPA||Aprilia||Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing||82|
|9||Luis Salom||SPA||Aprilia||RW Racing GP||76|
|10||Danny Kent||GBR||Aprilia||Red Bull Ajo MotorSport||46|
|11||Alberto Moncayo||SPA||Aprilia||AndalucÃa Banca Civica||44|
|13||Adrian Martin||SPA||Aprilia||Bankia Aspar Team||30|
|14||Miguel Oliveira||POR||Aprilia||AndalucÃa Banca Civica||30|
|15||Simone Grotzkyj||ITA||Aprilia||Phonica Racing||27|
|17||Marcel Schrotter||GER||Mahindra||Mahindra Racing||17|
|18||Taylor Mackenzie||GBR||Aprilia||Phonica Racing||15|
|19||Danny Webb||GBR||Mahindra||Mahindra Racing||14|
|20||Louis Rossi||FRA||Aprilia||Matteoni Racing||14|
|22||Niklas Ajo||FIN||Aprilia||TT Motion Events Racing||11|
|23||Alexis Masbou||FRA||KTM||Caretta Technology||10|
|24||Hiroki Ono||JAP||KTM||Caretta Technology||8|
|25||Luigi Morciano||ITA||Aprilia||Team Italia FMI||5|
|26||Toni Finsterbusch||GER||KTM||Freudenberg Racing Team||4|
|28||John McPhee||GBR||Aprilia||Racing Steps Foundation KRP||1|