2017 Argentina Moto2 Race Result: Last Lap Drama Shakes Up Podium

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.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 21 Franco Morbidelli Kalex 39'50.036
2 44 Miguel Oliveira KTM +1.683
3 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex +10.551
4 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex +15.577
5 97 Xavi Vierge Tech 3 +24.527
6 24 Simone Corsi Speed Up +24.783
7 42 Francesco Bagnaia Kalex +24.965
8 11 Sandro Cortese Suter +25.156
9 41 Brad Binder KTM +25.622
10 55 Hafizh Syahrin Kalex +25.933
11 23 Marcel Schrotter Suter +26.139
12 10 Luca Marini Kalex +26.456
13 2 Jesko Raffin Kalex +26.697
14 77 Dominique Aegerter Suter +27.461
15 9 Jorge Navarro Kalex +27.628
16 57 Edgar Pons Kalex +36.690
17 32 Isaac Viñales Kalex +39.132
18 60 Julian Simon Kalex +39.297
19 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex +39.444
20 54 Mattia Pasini Kalex +43.908
21 73 Alex Marquez Kalex +44.165
22 68 Yonny Hernandez Kalex +45.719
23 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex +52.618
24 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Kalex +59.071
25 47 Axel Bassani Speed Up +1'02.113
Not Classified
  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
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2017
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