Franco Morbidelli has taken his second win in a row, leading the race almost from start to finish. It was not an easy victory, however, the Marc VDS rider challenged by his teammate Alex Marquez amost all the way to the line, the Spaniard crashing out on the final lap.
Morbidelli took the lead after just a couple of corners, challenging pole sitter Miguel Oliveira for the lead. Tom Luthi quickly slipped into second spot, Alex Marquez following, with Oliveira behind in fourth. Mattia Pasini made a charge past Luthi and Oliveira, but crashed out shortly afterwards as he gave chase to Morbidelli.
The race quickly settled into a rhythm, with Morbidelli pulling out a comfortable lead over Marquez, while Marquez did the same over Oliveira. In turn, the Portuguese rider quickly opened a massive gap to Tom Luthi, who had been chasing, who had a similarly large gap back to Lorenzo Baldassarri.
The die was cast, or so it seemed, for as the final laps approached, the race concertinaed together again, Oliveira inching closer to Marquez, who crept closer to Morbidelli in turn. A mistake at Turn 5 with a few laps to go left Oliveira with too much work to do, leaving the race to be decided between Morbidelli and Marquez.
Marquez mounted a brave attack, clearly stronger on the brakes than his teammate, but Morbidelli had been holding something back. He parried Marquez' attacks, then on the final gap opened just enough of a gap through turns 2, 3 and 4 to hold an advantage down the back straight, where Marquez had been strongest. Marquez tried to make up the ground he lost by getting on the gas early in turn 8, but he asked just a little too much of his rear tire. His Kalex bucked, then weaved, then spat him off, and off the podium. Marquez bravely remounted to finish, but crossed the line only in 21st place.
Marquez' crash left Morbidelli a comfortable buffer for victory. The Italian crossed the line over a second and a half ahead of Miguel Olivieira, the Portuguese rider writing history once again for KTM, giving the Austrian manufacturer their first Moto2 podium, after having had their first pole on Saturday.
Tom Luthi crossed the line to take the final place on the podium, over ten seconds behind Morbidelli, while Lorenzo Baldassarri took fourth. Xavi Vierge won the epic battle for fifth place ahead of Simone Corsi, making it three chassis makers in the top six. Sandro Cortese's eight place made it four in the top eight.
Morbidelli's victory gives him a commanding lead in the championship. He leads Luthi by 14 points, with Oliveira in third, 3 points behind Luthi.
|5||97||Xavi Vierge||Tech 3||+24.527|
|6||24||Simone Corsi||Speed Up||+24.783|
|24||89||Khairul Idham Pawi||Kalex||+59.071|
|25||47||Axel Bassani||Speed Up||+1'02.113|
|52||Danny Kent||Suter||9 Laps|
|5||Andrea Locatelli||Kalex||16 Laps|
|19||Xavier Simeon||Kalex||21 Laps|
|49||Axel Pons||Kalex||22 Laps|
|40||Fabio Quartararo||Kalex||22 Laps|
|30||Takaaki Nakagami||Kalex||22 Laps|
|87||Remy Gardner||Tech 3||0 Lap|