Franco Morbidelli held off a race-long challenge from team-mate Alex Marquez to secure his second win of the season in the Moto2 Grand Prix in Argentina, Marquez crashing out after a final push on the last lap.

The Marc VDS pair looked to have a podium 1-2 in the bag after leading from the opening turns of the race. Morbidelli always had a burst of pace on the Kalex to stay ahead and Marquez always challenged again until he was thrown from his bike at turn seven on the last lap.

The Italian tops the championship standings with a maximum 50 points after also leading over the line in Qatar.

Pole-sitter Miguel Oliveira was then promoted to second +1.683s behind for Red Bull KTM Ajo after chasing down the lead pair. The result gave KTM their first Moto2 podium in just the second race of the year even though the Portuguese man faded a little in the closing stages.

Tom Luthi had run a lonely fourth before being gifted a podium finish following Marquez's fall. The CarXpert Interwetten rider felt his tyres were the biggest issue, leaving him off the pace. Despite this the Swiss veteran still recorded his best result at the circuit since the Argentinian Grand Prix was introduced.

Lorenzo Baldassarri was an even more distant fourth, over 15 seconds behind Morbidelli over the line for Forward, with Xavi Vierge almost ten seconds behind that for Tech 3 in fifth - his best ever Moto2 finish.

A fierce battle for sixth was won by the experienced Simone Corsi for Speed Up, just ahead of rivals Francesco Bagnaia (Sky Racing Team VR46) in seventh and Sandro Cortese (Dynavolt Intact GP) who held the position the longest before being beaten down to eighth.

Moto3 title holder Brad Binder was also in contention- the Red Bull rider finished a brave ninth, revealing before the race that the pain he felt in qualifying was due to the fact the plates in his broken arm had moved, but elected to race anyway, finishing as top rookie.

Hafizh Syahrin completed the top ten riders for Petronas Raceline Malaysia.

With the battle for sixth nine-strong it wasn't long until Marcel Schrotter took the flag in eleventh for Dynvolt, ahead of Luca Marini who dropped to twelfth for Forward after featuring in the top ten.

Jesko Raffin put in another points-worthy performance in 13th for Interwetten, Kiefer's Dominique Aegerter and Gresini's rookie Jorge Navarro completed the top fifteen.

Taka Nakagami was clipped right at the start of the race and his fall caught Remy Gardner, taking the pair out of the race on the first lap.

From there the crashes came thick and fast with Fabio Quartararo and Axel Pons next to exit, just before Xavier Simeon was hit by his bike after a series of wobbles threw him off, he walked away holding his head.

Mattia Pasini also fell on the same lap but rejoined for 20th . Andrea Locatelli retired after struggling with a stomach bug, he had already missed warm-up with the same issue before trying to race.

Danny Kent exited at turn seven with eight laps remaining.

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