Johann Zarco got the best of another long battle with Alex Rins to emulate his pole-to-win heroics of 2015 at the Circiut de Barcelona-Catalunya to once again take victory in the Moto2 Grand Prix of Catalunya.

After a poor start the Ajo Motosport rider hit the front with six laps of the race left after prowling behind Rins and working out where to pass on the revised track, Zarco's decision paid off and he finished a final 4.180s clear.

The Kalex rider dedicated his win to Luis Salom, who died in practice on Friday, with the sombre, respectful podium completely in his honour.

Zarco also records back-to-back wins following victory in Mugello two weeks ago.

Paginas Amarillas HP 40 rider Rins could not match the pace of the Frenchman, but his second place, which he celebrated with a lap holding former team-mate Salom's flag, is enough to see him regain the championship lead by eight points on home soil.

The final podium spot went to Taka Nakagami after he found a burst of pace mid-way through the race passing first Hafizh Syahrin and then battling Tom Luthi with some hard and clean moves for third for Idemitsu Honda Team Asia.

Petronas Raceline Malaysia rider Syahrin also passed Luthi to take a very hard earned fourth on the final lap. The Garage Plus Interwetten rider seemed low on grip and was unable to pass back, leaving him fifth.

Sam Lowes had a disappointing race, and was unable to find any speed after taking a few knocks on the opening lap. The Gresini rider was a lonely, solo sixth and drops to second in the championship standings.

Jonas Folger slowly worked his way up to seventh for Dynavolt Intact GP, Miguel Oliveira was by far the best rookie in eighth, his best finish since joining the class with Leopard.

Ninth went to a solid, controlled performance by Axel Pons, with his AGR team-mate Marcel Schrotter just one place behind for a top ten finish.

Franco Morbidelli kept his Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS machine upright after a double qualifying crash for eleventh, just in front of Mattia Pasini who crossed the line in twelfth for Italtrans.

QMMF rider Julian Simon took the chequered flag in 13th and Lorenzo Baldassarri recovered from his lap one run off for 14th .

Remy Gardner was called in to replace Alessandro Tonucci at Tasca Racing after rider and team parted ways. The Australian finished an impressive 15th, collecting a world championship point on his Moto2 debut.

Ramdan Rosli also appeared as a wild-card with Petronas AHM Malaysia, he finished the race when many didn't, down in 19th.

Xavier Simeon was the first to exit the race, before Baldassarri and Simone Corsi both had a wobble in each others direction, with Corsi coming off worse and out of the race.

Alex Marquez tried a softer tyre set up, but slid out with twelve laps remaining from fourth, which would have equalled a best Moto2 finish for the Spaniard. He returned to track but failed to work his way back to the points ending his day 18th.

Ratthapark Wilairot, and Luca Marini were next to fall, while Dominique Aegerter saw his rear wheel give out on him to end his race. Xavi Vierge was the final faller but rejoined for 20th.

Sandro Cortese retired his bike to the pits with a crack in the radiator with 18 laps remaining. Danny Kent also wheeled his Leopard back in to retire with brake issues.

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