Franco Morbidelli hit the front early in the Qatar Moto2 race then put in a series of fast laps to pull out an uncatchable advantage, managing his gap to assure victory.

After finding himself on a career first pole from his best practice time, the EG 0,0 Marc VDS man pushed his Kalex to the limit after passing brief leader Tom Luthi to register his first Moto2 win, a full 2.6 seconds ahead as he took the chequered flag.

The Italian was able to manage his gap efficiently as second place Tom Luthi (CarXpert Interwetten), who won in Qatar in 2016, had his hands full with the rapidly approaching battle for third.

Taka Nakagami managed to keep the final podium position for Idemitsu Honda Team Asia, though Miguel Oliveira's fourth was still a stunning debut effort for the Red Bull KTM Ajo team.

Alex Marquez was next to cross the finish line, both EG 0,0 Marc VDS bikes finishing in the top five, though he faded after running in the lead group.

Sixth went to Luca Marini, equalling his best finish with Forward, holding off a great rookie run from Fabio Quartararo making his mark in Moto2 for Pons HP40.

The Frenchman was sandwiched by Forward bikes on track with Lorenzo Baldassarri next to finish in eighth, who narrowly beat Xavi Vierge's Tech 3 bike over the line.

Axel Pons took the final slot in the top ten for RW Racing GP, after enjoying his own battle over the final lap with Dominique Aegerter (Kiefer Racing).

Francesco Bagnaia secured twelfth for Sky Racing Team VR46 on their move into Moto2, with Danny Kent 13th on the second Kiefer entry, falling back through the pack after a strong start on the Suter.

Jesko Raffin fought his way into a points finish, taking 14th late in the race for Garage Plus Intrwetten and Xavier Simeon held off an advancing Marcel Schrotter to secure 15th for Tacsa Racing.

Moto3 champion Brad Binder struggled in his first Moto2 race, with the pain from his healing broken arm limiting his performance and leaving him 20th.

Remy Gardner, Mattia Pasini and Hafizh Syahrin crashed together on the opening lap, Pasini and Syahrin re-joined the race but were too far back to make an impact.

Local wild-card Saeed Al Sulati lasted just a handful of laps before he too met the gravel. Jorge Navarro also ended his Moto2 debut with a fall, lasting until around the halfway mark.



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