Franco Morbidelli got his 8th win of the current season after a magnificent duel with compatriot Mattia Pasini. Poleman Miguel Oliveira completed the podium.
Morbidelli had a great start and went up in 2nd place after few turns. Quick after, he took the lead from poleman Oliveira.
Mattia Pasini fell in 5th after starting from 2nd but quickly climbed back, overtaking Marquez, Luthi and Oliveira.
Morbidelli managed to get away from his rivals and so did veteran Pasini, who started chasing down the championship leader.
While battling with Oliveira and Luthi for the last spot on the podium, Alex Marquez encountered some technical problems which forced him to retire.
Pasini managed to catch up with Morbidelli and took the lead from his compatriot. ”Il Paso” also pulled a gap, but he could not conserve the difference as his rear tyre was almost done.
With 4 laps to go, Morbidelli came back in P1. He remained in the lead until Pasini fought back with 2 laps remaining. The Marc VDS EG 0,0 rider responded right away and entered the last lap as the leader.
Once again, Pasini went past him in Turn 5 with an amazing overtake, but that was not enough. Morbidelli once again responded few turns later and there was nothing more the ItalTrans rider could do.
Franco Morbidelli crossed the line 1st for the eighth time this season, with Mattia Pasini completing an Italian double. Miguel Oliveira tried to take advantage of the fierce battle in front of him and engage in the fight for the win, but in the end he had to settle in 3rd.
Thomas Luthi limited the damages after a difficult week-end and finished 4th, ahead of an impressive rookie duo consisting of Brad Binder and Jorge Navarro. Simone Corsi was 7th, with future premier class rider Taka Nakagami in 8th. Sandro Cortese and Francesco Bagnaia lockedout the top 10.
In the championship standings, Morbidelli now has 248 points. Luthi stays close, with 227 points. Oliveira is now 3rd, with 157 points, 2 more than Alex Marquez.
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