It took Alex Rins six laps to hit the front but once he did a controlled, dominant performance kept him out front all the way to the flag in the Moto2 race at Le Mans.

The Paginas Amarillas HP 40 rider passed Tom Luthi with skill and only Simone Corsi went with him, hunting him down for the rest of the race and keeping the pressure on Rins who came out on top despite not being able to track his lap time he set several fastest laps to stay on top.

Speed Up's Corsi let go on the final lap allowing Rins to increase his gap from a tiny 0.3 to win by 1.8 seconds.

The Roman rider gave everything to equal his best Moto2 finish to date. The pair were joined on the podium by pole man and 2015 winner Tom Luthi, who flew away on the first lap after a perfect start only to find himself pushing his bike to the limit early in the race.

Rins now leads the championship standings, five points clear of Sam Lowes with a total of 87, with Luthi third overall.

Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider Franco Morbidelli had a long duel with Lorenzo Baldassarri, then stayed in front of a rapidly approaching Taka Nakagami for fourth.

The Idemistsu rider in turn kept Sam Lowes behind, the Gresini rider recovering to sixth, great damage limitation to his championship standing after a poor qualifying and race start.

Behind the Brit the battle for seventh was tight, Axel Pons holding back Petronas Raceline Malaysia rider Hafizh Syahrin over the line to take seventh for AGR Team.

The battle for ninth was equally fierce with all positions down to 14th in contention. The group were lead over the line by Miguel Oliveira who took top rookie honours in ninth for the Leopard racing outfit and was well ahead of his team-mate Danny Kent who crossed the line in 19th, sixteen seconds later.

Luis Salom, continued his run of finishing in the points at every round so far for SAG by completing the top ten.

Xavier Simeon secured eleventh for QMMF in his 100th grand prix start. He was followed over the line by Forward Racing's rookie rider Luca Marini in twelfth.

The final points on offer went to Dominique Aegerter who faded from seventh to 13th for CarXpert Interwetten, Marcel Schrotter in 14th for AGR and Xavi Vierge, giving Tech 3 a point to celebrate at home in 15th.

Jonas Folger's downward spiral after being announced at the Tech 3 MotoGP team for next season came to an dramatic end when on the first lap when he crashed out at turn eight.

Julian Simon was the next to fall, eight laps later. Alex Marquez made in four crashes in five races when he exited proceedings with twelve laps remaining.

Reigning champion Johann Zarco's dream of home victory vanished with nine laps remaining when he too crashed out at the final corner. Determined to finish in front of his French fans he remounted to finish 24th.

Lorenzo Baldassarri recovered from his podium demotion over illegal tyre pressures to run at the front only to crash out of fourth at the top of the hill with five laps left to run.

Amerian wild-card Danny Eslick finished his first ever grand prix outside of the States, albeit in last place, behind faller Zarco.

 

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