Tom Luthi used his love of Qatar and years of experience to pull of a perfect move on Franco Morbidelli after waiting patiently to the last lap to perform his manoeuvre and take victory in the Moto2 Qatar Grand Prix.

The Interwetten rider had been involved in a two-way battle with Franco Morbidelli before a final controversial penalty decision came into effect to drop the EG 0,0 Marc VDS rider twenty seconds lower, leaving him seventh.

There was drama straight off the line when the whole second row and more appeared to jump start.

Reigning champion Johann Zarco was awarded a ride through penalty along with Sam Lowes and Alex Rins. Franco Morbidelli who also appeared to move was not pulled in.

As the announcement for penalties was made Jonas Folger, who was leading by well over a second, pushed too hard trying to move further ahead and slid off into the turn four gravel.

Marcel Schrotter was also called in for a penalty as was Taka Nakagami and Robin Mulhauser.

Later, with just seven laps to go Sandro Cortese then fourth and Leader Morbidelli were both announced to have their starts 'under investigation'.

The penalties were not applied until the riders crossed the line and were immediate.

The penalties mean that an ecstatic Luis Salom was awarded second for the SAG Team, from an 18th place start. The Spanish rider had already made inroads after pledging to relax and enjoy his racing again, making up many places aside from the drama, for his third rostrum appearance.

Simone Corsi was also promoted to the podium for Speed Up, stopping an all Kalex top three.

His experience too shone through in the unusual race after his race long feud with Sandro Cortese was split by a group of charging riders and the German's late penalty.

Hasifh Syahrin moved into fourth for Petronas Raceline Malaysia and Dominique Aegerter also benefitted in fifth for Interwetten.

Britain's Danny Kent took sixth for his return to Moto2 with the Leopard team, with Morbidelli placed just behind him when dropped down the order into seventh.

Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) fought back for eighth and was the best of the first group of penalised riders, with Briton Sam Lowes just behind in ninth for Gresini despite a brief excusion onto the astroturf trying to make up time and places.

Forward Racing rider Luca Marini was the top rookie impressing with a top ten finish on his championship debut.

Just behind him was fellow rookie Miguel Oliveira (Leopard Racing) in eleventh, with Ajo Motorsport's Zarco clambering back to twelfth.

Ratthapark Wiliarot (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) took 13th, his team-mate Taka Nakgami finished just behind after his ride through and Cortese (Dynavolt Intact GP) was moved back into the final point scoring place when his twenty seconds were added.

Alex Marquez also fell at turn four after seven laps after running at the back, with Xavi Vierge and Xavier Simon also failing to go the distance. Axel Pons crashed at turn fourteen despite a big effort to hold on to his bike.

Lorenzo Baldassarri missed the race after dislocating both shoulders in his qualifying crash, with Clinica Moblie declaring him unfit to race after tests in the morning.

 

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