Franco Morbidelli converted pole to his fifth win of the season on the final lap of a gripping Moto2 Dutch Grand Prix in Assen.

The MotoGP bound EG 0,0 Marc VDS championship leader slipped past Tom Luthi, who was ahead at the start of the final lap to return to the podium after missing the top three in the last two rounds, holding his line and stopping any chance of his Swiss rival finding a way past to increase his title lead to twelve points.

Luthi remains his closest rival after taking second for CarXpert Interwetten, with the 2016 race winner Taka Nakagami joining them on the podium, the Idemitsu rider lead the most laps before running wide with the group behind all in close contention and able to slip past.

He was handed the final rostrum place back from Mattia Pasini who ran his Italtrans over the green paint on the way out of the final chicane and was forced to give the place back by Race Direction after the race.

Miguel Oliveira lead briefly and swapped paint with Morbidelli at the front before fading to the back of the leaders, crossing the line fifth for Red Bull KTM Ajo.

Alex Marquez suffered a similar fate, though he lost touch to finish 2.7s behind the winner in sixth on the second EG 0,0 Marc VDS entry.

Xavier Simeon recorded his first top ten finish of the season in seventh for Tasca Racing, just holding off Hafizh Syahrin who finished eighth, second best after the pairs duel.

Fabio Quartararo (Pons HP40) was the top rookie, impressing with another hard earned top ten finish in ninth, with tenth going to another strong rookie performance, this time from Pecco Bagnaia for Sky Racing Team VR46.

Marcel Schrotter lost eleven places on the first lap but fought back bravely to return to the points in eleventh with Dynavolt Intact GP, the German was also the top Suter finisher.

Dominique Aegerter (Kiefer) was close behind in twelfth, with Binder fighting the pain to pick up 13th for Red Bull KTM Ajo.

Yonny Hernandez stayed upright for 14th for AGR, with Jorge Navarro battling his way past Remy Gardner late in the race for 15th and the final point.

An early coming together took out Simone Corsi and Luca Marini. Sandro Cortese ended a torrid weekend with his exit shortly after. Isaac Vinales and Khairul Idham Pawi both retired to the pits.

Xavi Vierge missed the race after breaking his thumb in FP3, Lorenzo Baldassarri was also absent following his huge qualifying crash, which he amazingly escaped from with just a fractured ankle.



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