As the laps ticked down, Nishimura marched on and the battle raged behind – although the two who’d made a break for it earlier tried to repeat the feat. As the final lap began though, it was as tight as ever in the fight for second and it looked like Putra was in control – until he went wide. Trying to gather it back together he tagged back onto the group as Thongnoppakun started to make his move and slice forward, and the podium came down to the drag to the line. There, Matsuyama just took it – 5.5 seconds off Nishimura’s victory but just 0.020 ahead of Thongnoppakun in an almost photo-finish.
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