Inspired Final Lap Sees Pasini to Victory

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Mattia Pasini overtook two riders in two corners to claim a magnificent final lap victory in the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello, his first in Moto2. The Italtrans rider defeated Thomas Luthi and Alex Marquez in the last lap shootout with championship leader Franco Morbidelli a strangely subdued fourth.

Having won four of the opening five races, Morbidelli was carrying the hopes of the capacity crowd and although he outdragged Marquez into San Donato, that would be the only time Franco figured in the fight for the lead. Pasini wrestled the advantage away on lap one and as the no.54 upped the pace, only Marquez and Luthi were capable of staying with him.

The pattern was soon set as Marquez would regularly slipstream his way into the lead at San Donato, only for Pasini to fight back through the sweeping bends of Casanova Savelli, but Luthi was keeping a watching brief at the back of the group. With a lap to go, the Swiss rider pulled off a terrific double move into turn one with Pasini shuffled back to third but the long-time leader refused to settle for third.

Yet again, the left-hander of Savelli saw him slice past Marquez and if that wasn’t enough, Mattia dived straight up the inside of Luthi into Arrabbiata for the lead, a lead he would maintain on the sprint out of the final corner. Marquez had to make do with third while Morbidelli trailed home in a lonely fourth ahead of KTM’s Miguel Oliveira.

Luca Marini added to the Italian feel-good factor with sixth after holding off Dominique Aegerter while Simone Corsi claimed eighth for Speed Up ahead of rookie duo Jorge Navarro and Brad Binder, the latter impressing greatly on his return from injury.


Moto2 Gran Premio d’Italia Oakley – Race Result

154. Mattia PasiniKalexItaltrans Racing Team39:30.97425
212. Thomas LuthiKalexCarXpert Interwetten+0.05220
373. Alex MarquezKalexEG 0,0 Marc VDS+0.13616
421. Franco MorbidelliKalexEG 0,0 Marc VDS+3.64313
544. Miguel OliveiraKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+5.12411
610. Luca MariniKalexForward Team+13.26610
777. Dominique AegerterSuterKiefer Racing+13.2999
824. Simone CorsiSpeed UpSpeed Up Racing+13.7038
99. Jorge NavarroKalexFederal Oil Gresini Moto2+15.4857
1041. Brad BinderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+16.0366
1123. Marcel SchrotterSuterDynavolt Intact GP+16.0395
1255. Hafizh SyahrinKalexPetronas Raceline Malaysia+16.3104
1332. Isaac VinalesKalexBE-A-VIP SAG Team+17.7023
1487. Remy GardnerTech 3Tech 3 Racing+21.3352
1519. Xavier SimeonKalexTasca Racing Scuderia Moto2+22.7401
165. Andrea LocatelliKalexItaltrans Racing Team+22.781
1768. Yonny HernandezKalexAGR Team+22.804
1840. Fabio QuartararoKalexPons HP 40+23.705
1911. Sandro CorteseSuterDynavolt Intact GP+25.336
2057. Edgar PonsKalexPons HP 40+28.534
2149. Axel PonsKalexRW Racing GP+29.512
2242. Francesco BagnaiaKalexSky Racing Team VR46+40.336
232. Jesko RaffinKalexCarXpert Interwetten+40.351
2445. Tetsuta NagashimaKalexTeluru SAG Team+40.486
2537. Augusto FernandezSpeed UpSpeed Up Racing+45.382
2689. Khairul Idham PawiKalexIdemitsu Honda Team Asia+45.385
276. Tarran MackenzieSuterKiefer Racing+1:07.733
2822. Federico FuligniKalexForward Junior Team+1:07.742
NC52. Danny KentKalexGarage Plus Interwetten+12 Laps
NC62. Stefano ManziKalexSky Racing Team VR46+12 Laps
NC30. Takaaki NakagamiKalexIdemitsu Honda Team Asia+21 Laps
NC7. Lorenzo BaldassarriKalexForward Team+21 Laps
NS97. Xavi ViergeTech 3Tech 3 RacingInjured