Mattia Pasini gave everything to snatch his first ever Moto2 win at the Italian Grand Prix - Mugello also being the scene of his last win back in 250cc in 2009.

He dedicated his win to Marco Simoncelli, whom he battled with in that race.

The veteran had looked confident all weekend aboard the Italtrans and gave the home crowd even more to cheer - he was elated to hold the lead over the final few corners after a fierce three-way battle with fellow Kalex riders Tom Luthi and Alex Marquez.

All three lead over the course of the incredible final lap, with Luthi scoring an incredible two rider slipstream to hit the front, before a classic lunge up the inside at turn eight from the Italian on home turf put him back in front with a perfect line to the chequered flag handing him his first win in eight years.

Luthi had to catch the original lead trio of Franco Morbidelli, Pasini and Marquez and used his corner speed to get back in contention. As soon as the CarXpert Interwetten rider was back in touch he pushed for the lead and finished just 0.052s behind Pasini in the thrilling finale.

Alex Marquez also gave everything to play his part in the lead battle and makes up valuable championship points on his team-mate Morbidelli, who seemed happy to be dropped and settle for fourth.

The championship leader, now just 14 points ahead of Luthi who sits second overall, was over three seconds behind the winner but clear of fifth place finisher Miguel Oliveria, the first non-Kalex rider to cross the line with Red Bull KTM Ajo.

There was then a wait until the battle for sixth hit the chequered flag, with Luca Marini at the front when it mattered most for Forward Racing, beating Dominique Aegerter (Kiefer Racing) into seventh, in turn just ahead of eighth placed Simone Corsi (Speed Up) and top rookie Jorge Navarro in ninth for Federal Oil Gresini.

The final spot inside the top ten went to a brave ride from Brad Binder on the second Red Bull KTM Ajo entry on his return after his arm injury and still riding through considerable pain.

The South African held off Marcel Schrotter in the run to the line, he took eleventh for Dynavolt Intact GP ahead of Hafizh Syahrin who slipped to twelfth behind the pair for Petronas Raceline Malaysia.

Isaac Vinales took his first points of the season in 13th for BE-A-VIP SAG Team, Remy Gardner did the same in 14th with Tech 3, with Xavier Simeon 15th for Tasca Racing.

Wild-card Federico Fuligni raced it out at the back with Tarran Mackenzie, with the Kiefer man able to stay out of last despite the Italian's home track knowledge.

An eager Lorenzo Baldassarri crashed out of contention on the opening lap, collecting an unfortunate Taka Nakagami as he highsided, who amazingly missed the Italian's head as it rapidly approached his tyre.

Stefano Manzi also failed to finish his home round, Danny Kent falling just after him with eleven laps remaining. The Briton, replacing Iker Lecuona for the weekend, was running in 13th at the time of his crash. Francesco Bagnaia crashed out on the final lap of the race but still recorded a 22nd place finish.

Xavi Vierge was ruled out of the grand prix following a check up after his qualifying crash.

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