Franco Morbidelli was coasting at the front before a record pace saw Miguel Oliveira fire himself into contention.

But the Italian reacted heading into the final lap, for victory in the Moto2 German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring.

The EG 0,0 Marc VDS rider had started on pole but was overtaken by first his team-mate Alex Marquez and later by championship rival Tom Luthi in the early stages of the race.

However, With both Marquez, who was hit by his bike after a highside, and later Tom Luthi crashing out of contention Morbidelli found himself two seconds free at the front.

Miguel Oliveira rapidly reeled in the Kalex with his Red Bul KTM Ajo but sat in behind, finally making his move just ahead of the final lap to hit the front, but Morbidelli was ready and went late on the brakes took first back and and held his line through the final turns for his sixth win.

Morbidelli extends his championship lead over Luthi to 37 points in the process, with a total of 173.

Rookie Francesco Bagnaia (Sky Racing Team VR46) lead an Italian trio in hot pursuit of the leaders over the line.

He not only got the gap down to half a second at the finish but also took the time to find the perfect place to overtake veteran Simone Corsi and rehearsed the move before making it stick when he made the lunge on the penultimate lap to take third in his third podium finish of the year.

That move left Speed Up's Corsi in fourth, with the last of the trio Mattia Pasini fifth for Italtrans.

It took seven seconds before another bike crossed the finish - Gresini's Jorge Navarro then appeared in sixth - his best Moto2 finish.

Brad Binder was close behind in seventh for Red Bull KTM Ajo, ahead of top German at home Sandro Cortese in eighth, also the top Suter rider for Dynavolt Intact GP.

His fellow countryman and team-mate Marcel Schrotter was next to take the chequered flag securing ninth, with Taka Nakagami completing the top ten for Idemitsu after powering through from a lowly 23rd on the grid.

Hafizh Syahrin chased him to the line for Petronas Raceline Malaysia but was stuck in eleventh, while Remy Gardner was back in the points for Tech 3 in twelfth.

Fabio Quartararo finished 13th for Pons HP40, Xavier Simeon 14th for Tasca Racing while Stefano Manzi (Sky Racing Team VR46)collected his first championship point in 15th.

Kiefer's Tarran Mackenzie crossed the line in 23rd.

There was early drama when after an excellent qualifying Hector Garzo (Replacing Xavi Vierge) went shooting across the gravel. Andrea Locatelli followed him in a separate incident, his cartwheeling Kalex miraculously missing the Spaniard as it turned over him.

Dominique Aegerter was also an early faller, he rejoined but later pitted. Augusto Fernandez was shown the black flag for returning to the race after retiring and entering his box.

Forward saw Luca Marini retire from the race weekend after aggravating his left shoulder injury. They are already missing Lorenzo Baldassarri through injury, his replacement Federico Fuligni finished last.

Axel Pons was stretchered off in warm up and missed the race as he was in hospital with a suspected fractured collarbone.

By Lisa Lewis

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