Tom Luthi won a breathtaking Australian Moto2 Grand Prix at Phillip Island, giving up his race long lead in the closing stages only to snatch the win by just one hundredth of a second with a perfectly timed slipstream to the line to power past race long rival Franco Morbidelli.

The elated Garage Plus Interwetten riders run of good form continued, he excelled on the exits yet almost lost out after a rare error which Morbidelli took advantage of to lead into the start of the final lap before the Swiss riders comeback.

Luthi now has the most podiums in the Moto2 class with 34, and has won four times this year, the equal most victories he has taken in a season, matching his 125cc championship winning year.

He also moves into second in the championship, 22 points behind Zarco, who was a disappointing and distant twelfth, overtaking Rins by three points in the race to the title after the Spaniard crashed out of sixth position after appearing to hit neutral and running off track and through the gravel.

Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider Morbidelli was pleased with second and the pair were joined on the podium by Sandro Cortese, who fought hard to get back to the leaders on his Dynavolt Intact GP bike to post his best result of the season.

It had been Lorenzo Baldassarri who had lead the chasing group, but was forced to settle for fourth for Forward Racing, while Idemitsu's Taka Nakagami didn't quite have the pace to keep up, leaving him fifth.

Sixth went to a lonely Jonas Folger on the second Dynavolt entry with Simone Corsi also unaccompanied on track a little further behind in seventh for Speed Up.

Three seconds further back Axel Pons pulled away on the final laps to ensure he won the battle for eighth aboard his AGR machine.

It was then very close on track between the next four riders, with Marcel Schrotter first over the line in ninth for AGR, in front of Tech 3's Xavi Vierge in tenth and Xavier Simoen in eleventh for QMMF, with Ajo Motorsports Johann Zarco not challenging at the back of the group.

It was then a long wait for the remaining points finishers with Jesko Raffin topping off a good weekend with 13th for Sports-Millions-EMWE-SAG, Edgar Pons the only Paginas Amarillas HP40 finisher in 14th and Ratthapark Wilairot picking up one point in 15th for Idemitsu.

A different tyre choice didn't help Remy Gardner who was the first to fall on lap one, along with Hafizh Syahrin. Sam Lowes only lasted for a lap longer as he continued to struggle around the Island. Gardner rejoined but fell again with eleven laps to go.

Julian Simon slid away at the Southern Loop after ten laps, swiftly followed out of the race by Iker Lecuona.

Mattia Pasini had run in the top three all race until he was passed by Cortese in the closing stages, he slipped off at turn two pushing to regain the place, with Danny Kent also exiting on the same corner on the same lap.

Alex Marquez and Isaac Vinales both missed the race following their qualifying crashes.


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