Johann Zarco put memories of Qatar to rest, holding his advantage skilfully after moving to the front of the lead group for victory in the Moto2 Argentina Grand Prix, the second round of the championship.

The Ajo Motorsport man hit the front on his Kalex with eleven laps to go, taking advantage of a small error by then leader Sam Lowes who ran slightly off his preferred line. The reigning champion then showed his experience, pushing hardest over the final laps to look the smoothest of a ragged bunch in the tricky drying conditions, finishing his day with the now customary celebratory backflip.

Gresini's Lowes was happy with second, admitting his small error was all that cost him the win after a strong start and a cat-and-mouse ride at the front with the Frenchman.

Jonas Folger was guaranteed third for Dynavolt Intact GP when the fourth member of the lead group Franco Morbidelli dramatically crashed out at the start of the penultimate lap after hitting a damp patch while chasing Briton Lowes and was unable to re-start his EG 0,0 Marc VDS machine.

Alex Rins upped the pace in the closing laps for Paginas Amarillas HP 40, but the Pons rider had left himself too much to do to catch the leaders and was a distant but secure fourth after pulling away from the rest of the chasing group.

Dominique Aegerter (CarXpert Interwetten) won his race long battle with Hafizh Syahrin (Petronas Raceline Malaysia) by the tiniest of margins at the chequered flag to steal a fiesty fifth.

Qatar winner Tom Luthi was the next to meet the finish line in a distant seventh for Garage Plus Interwetten, though the result was enough for the Swiss rider to leave Argentina still leading the championship by a five point margin.

The injured Axel Pons (AGR Team) just held off Taka Nakagami (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) in their own battle down the field for eighth place.

Behind them Mattia Pasini did enough for a top ten finish for Italtrans.

Also in the points were Marcel Schrotter (AGR Team) in eleventh and Xavier Simeon (QMMF) in twelfth.

Lorenzo Baldassarri battled the pain of his dislocated shoulders as well as the pack for a brave 13th for Forward Racing.

Xavi Vierge was the best of the rookies in 14th for Tech3 Racing while Qatar podium finisher Luis Salom scooped up the final point on offer for SAG Team.

Danny Kent came close to passing the pair but in the end finished just out of the points in 16th, his team-mate Miguel Oliveira ended his day in 22nd place.

Alex Marquez was the first faller after just one lap at turn one, retiring to the pits after initially attempting to rejoin. Sandro Cortese was next to leave the race, exiting at turn nine with ten laps remaining.

 

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