Argentina Moto2: Morbidelli wins again as Marquez crashes

Franco Morbidelli took his second Moto2 win in as many races in Argentina, after his teammate and closest challenger Alex Marquez fell on the final lap.

Argentina Moto2: Morbidelli wins again as Marquez crashes

The race started with Miguel Oliveira as the polesitter, the Portuguese rider continuing class newcomer KTM's impressive start to the year.

However, at the start, Morbidelli forced his way past Oliveira, who got shuffled further down the order, allowing Marquez and Thomas Luthi (CarXpert Interwetten) through as well.

While he quickly took third back, the Marc VDS duo of Morbidelli and Marquez at the front pulled away, the former quickly opening up a lead of half a second.

But in the second half of the race Marquez and Oliveira started to consistently inch closer to the leader, with the Spanish rider right on the tail of his teammate as the final five laps began.

Two laps later, Marquez managed to find his way by Morbidelli, only for the Italian to fight back immediately.

The Spaniard continued to pile the pressure on Morbidelli, but pushed too hard and crashed out on the final lap at Turn 7.

Morbidelli therefore escaped with his second straight victory, as Oliveira, who couldn't keep up with the Marc VDS teammates in the final laps, inherited second.

"It's really nice to win again after Qatar," said Morbidelli. "I tried to pull away, and I didn't manage to, but at the end I had a bit more. Unfortunately Alex crashed, but a good result for me."

Luthi completed the podium nearly nine seconds adrift, followed by Lorenzo Baldassarri (Forward).

Sandro Cortese (Intact) led a group of several riders in what had been the fight for sixth, but it was Xavi Vierge (Tech 3) who finally secured the spot that became fifth after Marquez's crash.

Simone Corsi (Speed Up) was sixth ahead of top rookie Francesco Bagnaia (Sky Racing VR46) and Cortese.

Brad Binder, still struggling with an arm injury, brought the second Ajo-run KTM into the top 10 in ninth, followed by Hafizh Syahrin (Petronas Raceline).

Qatar podium finisher Takaaki Nakagami was one of several early casualties, as the Japanese rider lost control of his bike and took both himself and Remy Gardner out at Turn 1 at the start.

Axel Pons and Fabio Quartararo later made contact, both ending up in the gravel as a result, while Xavier Simeon also suffered a heavy highside crash.

Race results:

1 21 italy Franco Morbidelli  Kalex 39'50.036 
2 44 portugal Miguel Oliveira  KTM 1.683
3 12 switzerland Thomas Luthi  Kalex 10.551
4 7 italy Lorenzo Baldassarri  Kalex 15.577
5 97 spain Xavi Vierge  Tech 3 24.527
6 24 italy Simone Corsi  Speed Up 24.783
7 42 italy Francesco Bagnaia  Kalex 24.965
8 11 germany Sandro Cortese  Suter 25.156
9 41 south_africa Brad Binder  KTM 25.622
10 55 malaysia Hafizh Syahrin  Kalex 25.933
11 23 germany Marcel Schrötter  Suter 26.139
12 10 italy Luca Marini  Kalex 26.456
13 2 switzerland Jesko Raffin  Kalex 26.697
14 77 switzerland Dominique Aegerter  Suter 27.461
15 9 spain Jorge Navarro  Kalex 27.628
16 57 spain Edgar Pons  Kalex 36.690
17 32 spain Isaac Viñales  Kalex 39.132
18 60 spain Julian Simon  Kalex 39.297
19 45 japan  Tetsuta Nagashima  Kalex 39.444
20 54 italy Mattia Pasini  Kalex 43.908
21 73 spain Alex Marquez  Kalex 44.165
22 68 colombia Yonny Hernandez  Kalex 45.719
23 62 italy Stefano Manzi  Kalex 52.618
24 89 malaysia Khairul Idham Pawi  Kalex 59.071
25 47 italy  Axel Bassani  Speed Up 1'02.113
Ret 52 united_kingdom Danny Kent  Suter 11 laps
Ret  5 italy Andrea Locatelli  Kalex 16 laps
Ret  19 belgium Xavier Simeon  Kalex 21 laps
Ret  49 spain Axel Pons  Kalex 22 laps
Ret  40 france Fabio Quartararo  Kalex 22 laps
Ret  30 japan Takaaki Nakagami  Kalex 22 laps
Ret  87 australia Remy Gardner  Tech 3  
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