Italian Franco Morbidelli and his team-mate Alex Marquez turned on a memorable race-long duel for the lead in last Sundays Moto2 round from Argentina. Morbidelli won the race after Marquez went down in a desperate last lap lunge to get past his team-mate.
Morbidelli now has a maximum 50 points in the Moto2 world championship after two rounds. The Italian also won the first round in Qatar two weeks ago.
KTM’s Miguel Oliveira moved up to second, after shadowing the leading pair for most of the race, and gave the Austrian manufacturer their first podium place in their maiden assault on the Moto2 title.
Tom Luthi finished third sitting far enough back to watch the action up front and ex-Red Bull Rookie, Lorenzo Baldassarri was fourth, over 15 seconds behind.
Current Moto3 title world champion Brad Binder struggled to finish ninth as he was experiencing some discomfort from a freshly-healed broken arm.
And Remy Gardner’s bad luck continued when Taka Nakagami was clipped at the start and Remy was taken out.
A promising Fabio Quartararo has also failed to shine in his Moto2 debut with another DNF.
Moto2 Round Two Results – Argentina
1. Franco Morbidelli ITA Kalex 39m 50.036s
2. Miguel Oliveira POR KTM 39m 51.719s
3. Thomas Luthi SWI Kalex 40m 0.587s
4. Lorenzo Baldassarri ITA Kalex 40m 5.613s
5. Xavi Vierge SPA
6. Simone Corsi ITA
7. Francesco Bagnaia ITA
8. Sandro Cortese GER
9. Brad Binder RSA KTM
10. Hafizh Syahrin MAL