Reigning champion Johann Zarco ruled over the Moto2 restart drama, kept his head, got to the front and then kept main rival Lorenzo Baldassarri at bay to take victory in the Moto2 Grand Prix at Mugello, still finding time for a now customary celebratory backflip.

The Ajo Motorsport rider took full advantage of the situation and made the best of a second start, but home rider Baldassarri battled him every inch of the way, trading places at the front with the Frenchman corner after corner.

The Forward Racing rider could not quite pass in the drag to the line but still took a best finish of second for Forward Racing.

Third on the grid was equally hotly contested with Gresini's Sam Lowes, who had lead the original running of the race and started on pole for the restart, powering past Tom Luthi on the final lap, to claim vital championship points and retake the lead overall.

The Swiss Interwetten rider in turn held off Hafizh Syahrin on the Petronas Raceline Malaysia machine, for fourth and fifth respectively.

Axel Pons was next to take the flag, in sixth for AGR, just ahead of the rapidly approaching Paginas Amarillas HP 40 of Alex Rins, who was the best finisher of the men who were forced to start from the back of the grid on the restart.

Along with Rins his Pons team-mate Edgar Pons, Simone Corsi, Xavier Simeon, Julian Simon, Ratthapark Wilairot, Taka Nakagami and wild-card Federico Fuligni were sent to the back of the grid for the second restart for delaying the restart after missing the sighting lap window, causing the grid to have to form again. Simeon then crashed on the sighting lap.

The race was red-flagged after Xavi Vierge crashed - his bike hitting the airbag bursting it, and the race was stopped while a replacement was fitted.

Back in the race Franco Morbidelli was behind Rins in eighth for Estrella Galaica 0,0 Marc VDS, Nakagami recovered for ninth after originally looking good for a podium for the Idemitsu team and Interwetten's Dominique Aegerter completed the frantic top ten.

Sando Cortese finished his return from injury in eleventh for Dynavolt Intact GP and Simone Corsi recovered from his grid demotion for twelfth for Speed Up.

The remaining points went to top rookie Miguel Oilveira in 13th for Leopard racing, his colleague Danny Kent in 14th and Jonas Folger who had gone into the pits to retire as the red flag occurred but was able to rejoin for 15th for the Dynavolt Intact GP outfit.

An incident involving Alex Marquez and Luca Marini on the original start meant they were the first to find the gravel and exit the race. Alex Marquez rejoined and restarted.

 

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