Johann Zarco looked every inch a double world champion as he fought bravely at the front before pulling clear to for a final Moto2 victory, then backflip, at the Valencia Grand Prix.

The Ajo Motorsport man had been involved in a four way battle at the front with Franco Morbidelli, Tom Luthi and Alex Rins, but was able to push his Kalex to the limit and find his rhythm to sign off in the best way possible, eventually winning by 3.2 seconds.

The tough race continued behind with Luthi securing second in the championship with Interwetten as he too found a way past frontrunner Franco Morbidelli, with the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS man securing the final podium spot.

Luthi's podium is his third in a row in Valencia, while Morbidelli's excellent second half to the season ended with his fifth rostrum finish in a row. Despite really taking the race to first Zarco and then Luthi ,Morbidelli finishes fourth in the overall standings by just one point.

Sam Lowes stayed on his Gresini for his first finish since his Aragon win in style, pipping Rins to the line for fourth.

The Paginas Amarillas HP 40 riders fifth was still enough for third overall, he rode back to the pits in a Luis Salom memorial t-shirt to end his final Moto2 season.

Taka Nakagami lead the race for sixth over the line for Idemistu, holding off injured Mattia Pasini (Italtrans) in seventh and Jonas Folger (Dynavolt Intact GP) to eighth. Danny Kent was just behind them as he ended a troubled season with a more positive ninth place, just short of a seasons best for Leopard.

The final spot inside the top ten went to Marcel Schrotter for AGR. Simone Corsi pushed his Speed Up to distant eleventh, as the battle for top rookie roared behind him.

It was Xavi Vierge who finished in front on the Tech 3, after being chased down by Leopard's Miguel Oliveira, the Portuguese rider had held the advantage but missed four rounds through injury, letting the Spaniard catch him in the standings to win the rookie title by just one point.

Lorenzo Baldassarri battled his way to 14th for Forward, with the recovering Hafizh Syahrin taking the final point on offer for Petronas Raceline Malaysia, despite suffering with stomach flu for most of the weekend.

Sandro Cortese was the first to exit, sliding through the gravel at turn 1 as he left eleventh place after four laps.

He was swiftly followed out of the race by wild-cards Hugo Clere who pitted and Federico Fuligni and Axel Pons who were the next to fall. Isaac Vinales and Alex Marquez also ended their race in the pits.

Julian Simon had been in sixth in what appears to be his final grand prix, but crashed out at turn eight with just three laps to go, he rejoined and finished the race, but down in 23rd.


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