Franco Morbidelli led home team-mate Alex Marquez at the Austrian Grand Prix for Marc VDS’ first one-two in the Moto2 class since 2014.
Morbidelli’s dominant victory edges his tally to seven this season and puts him 26 points clear of Tom Luthi in the standings ahead of the British Grand Prix.
The Italian nailed his launch off the line from second on the grid to take the lead into the first corner, with Luthi making his way through from fifth to second by the end of the opening lap.
For the next handful of tours, Morbidelli led Luthi, with Marquez and polesitter Mattia Pasini all line astern.
Luthi attempted to take the lead on lap four at Turn 3, but ran wide and allowed Marquez into second. The Swiss rider made a similar error on a number of occasions at the same corner, which allowed Morbidelli to remain in control at the front.
With eight laps to go, Marquez made a lunge for the lead, but ran wide and allowed Luthi to finally secure second.
Luthi lined up Morbidelli into the third corner in the closing stages, but ran wide once again, Marquez not needing a second invitation to retake second.
By now, Morbidelli had opened his lead up to almost a second, while behind him KTM’s Miguel Oliveira set fastest lap after fastest lap as he chased down the podium.
The Portuguese rider was right on the tail of Luthi with five laps to go when he suffered a heavy fall at the fast Turn 8.
This promoted Francesco Bagnaia – who had overhauled Pasini a few laps prior – to fourth, a mistake from Luthi at Turn 3 again with three laps to run giving the Sky VR46 rider a glimmer of hope at a podium.
Morbidelli took the chequered flag 1.3 seconds clear of Marquez for his seventh win of the season, while Luthi held his nerve on the closing laps to complete the podium ahead of Bagnaia and Pasini.
Takaaki Nakagami rounded out the top six, with Brad Binder dropping to seventh as a he scrabbled for grip on his soft tyres in the latter stages. Jorge Navarro, Dominique Aegerter and Hafizh Syahrin completed the top 10.
Simone Corsi headed Tetsuta Nagashima in 11th, while Axel Pons held off brother Edgar for 13th. Remy Gardner was the last of the points scorers in 15th.
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Chaos ensued at the first corner on the opening lap after Xavi Vierge, Fabio Quartararo and Luca Marini collided with each other, while Sandro Cortese, Xavier Simeon, Lorenzo Baldassarri, Andrea Locatelli and Stefano Manzi connected behind.