Ajo Motorsport rider Johann Zarco found his way to the front early at the Rio Hondo track and after early battles with Sam Lowes and Xavier Simeon, the Frenchman pulled away and lapped at a fast, consistent pace to ease out a gap of 2.7 seconds to win his first Moto2 race, just the second race victory of his career.

Zarco celebrated his win with a back flip off the fence in front of the crowd. The last French rider to win in the class was Jules Cluzel back in 2010 at the British Grand Prix.

The Kalex rider now leads the championship standings with 53 points, a gap of just four points to Alex Rins, who also finished the race in second place.

The Paginas Amarillas HP 40 rider was again easily the top rookie on track, fighting in the top group, benefiting from Simeon's fall before capitalising on a mistake by Kallio and then passing Sam Lowes with ease as the British rider conceded second in another smooth and neat rider from the Spaniard.

Sam Lowes took third on the Speed Up with a lack of rear grip troubling him in the closing stages. The British rider decided to give best to Rins and finish safely on the podium with the championship in mind.

Fourth went to Italtrans rider Mika Kallio, who suffered from arm pump in the closing laps, reducing his ability to fight Rins for position but fought through the pain not to fade further for fourth, his best finish of the season so far.

Franco Morbidelli was over two seconds behind his flying Finnish team-mate, a fifth place finish for the third time in a row for the Italian, again equalling his best performance.

Next to take the chequered flag was the battle between Tom Luthi (Derendinger Racing Interwetten) and Sandro Cortese (dynavolt Intact GP). The Swiss rider just had the edge to take sixth, with Cortese seventh, his equal best finish so far this season.

Athina Forward Racing rider Lorenzo Baldassarri managed the massive task of holding off a rapidly approaching Jonas Folger for eighth, the best race result of his career.

AGR Team man Folger had a disastrous start to his race when he and Tito Rabat both separately ran wide and off track at the very start of the race. The pair then stuck together lap after lap before Folger finally found an advantage, the fastest lap of the race - a new in-race lap record - on the final tour of the circuit sending him flying up to ninth at the flag.

The final spot inside the top ten went to the Malaysian rider Hafizh Syahrin (Petronas Raceline Malaysia) who won a fierce mid-pack battle with Luis Salom on the Pons bike, who finished 11th.

Twelfth went to Rabat after his slicing and dicing for EG 0,0 Marc VDS, with the final on track competition for points won by Dominique Aegerter in 13th for Technomag Racing Interwetten ahead of Ant West in 14th from QMMF. Alex Marquez picked up the final point.

Xavier Simeon saw his points finish vanish after a slide off of his Gresini at turn five, with seven laps remaining.

Simone Corsi was the first to crash out, smashing up his Athina Forward Racing bike. Louis Rossi was the only other faller.

 

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