The race was red flagged after 13 laps with both Morbidelli and Luthi unable to take the 14 lap re-start having crashed in the extreme conditions. Tom Lüthi completed the warm-up in 22nd and opened the race cautiously in the blinding spray and heavy traffic of the opening laps settling in 17th position. He had moved forward to 15th and a potential points finish when he fell at turn 12 on lap six.
The first race of the 2019 MotoGP World Championship will be held from March 8 to 10 at Losail in Qatar.
Tom Lüthi: (DNF)
“The final race of the season ended little early but there were some positives because I could fight with and overtake some other riders. The crash was a sad moment but I had aquaplaning with the rear wheel and high-sided. The conditions were quite tricky and I was not the only one to crash like this. I didn’t score any points but I was determined to get the best out of this race so it was important to take a chance and feel the limit.”