Luis Salom extended his lead in the Moto3 world championship to fourteen points over Maverick Vinales after coming out on top in a frantic race in the Czech Republic. The Grand Prix saw no fewer than nine lead changes between four different riders but it was Salom that timed his attack to perfection to claim his fifth win of the year.
Despite starting from the middle of the second row, Salom was at the front of the pack by turn three thanks to a scorching start and lateness on the brakes but there was no chance of anyone settling into any rhythm in the lead as the positions swapped seemingly from one corner to the next. John McPhee was among those to impress early on as he tagged onto the back of the leading group but once some semblance of order was restored, six riders distanced themselves from the rest.
Salom and Vinales were prominent in it, as were the Estrella Galicia KTMs of polesitter Alex Rins and compatriot Alex Marquez while Jonas Folger and Alexis Masbou attempted to break up the factory KTM domination. Their chances looked bleak with a lap and a half to go as Marquez led the way but all hell would break loose in the final 5.403km to bring them into play.
The fireworks were set off by Salom who made the break for home at turn one by passing Marquez and Vinales knew he had to respond to the move, dispatching the Estrella Galicia teammates within the space of four corners. Rins and Marquez were in no mood to allow Vinales a shot at victory with a podium finish up for grabs themselves but as they banged elbows on the run to the last corner, they took their eyes off Folger who ghosted past both into third.
Rins came home fourth in the end, furious with his younger teammate for racing him so hard, but the pair did at least stay ahead of Masbou whose brave pursuit of the leaders finally fell away late on. Jack Miller rode another sensational race to seventh ahead of home favourite Jakub Kornfeil but after his impressive start, John McPhee plummeted down the order to an eventual thirteenth.