Johann Zarco has signed off the Moto2 2016 season in style after the Frenchman came through a breathtaking battle with Franco Morbidelli to claim his seventh victory of the season and assert himself as the Intermediate class World Champion. Tom Luthi hunted down Morbidelli to pip the Italian to second.
Bright skies greeted the Moto2 grid as they took their place on the start and it was Zarco who took the holeshot from Morbidelli as the pair began to lock horns with the Italian chasing his maiden Grand Prix victory. The pair aggressively traded places throughout the laps which allowed Luthi and Alex Rins to close in, just after they had eked out a gap ahead.
The top two dangerously passed eachother out every corner but they eventually settled into a rhythm with Zarco neatly slotting in behind Morbidelli as the pair once again broke away from Luthi and Rins. Nevertheless with six laps to go, the Ajo Motorsport rider slid his way past the Italian into turn six and immediately opened up a huge gap, setting the fastest lap of the race in the process.
Zarco showed his class and nerve to take his final Moto2 race victory before he graduates to the premier class next season. As tyre performance dropped, Morbidelli’s problems worsened as a rapidly closing Luthi made his way past effortlessly on the final lap. The Swiss rider took his sixth podium of the season and cemented his second place in the championship. Morbidelli held on to take the final podium spot, which finishes what has been a brilliant season for the Estrella Galicia rider.
Sam Lowes capitalized on Rins’s issues to snatch fourth place on the final corner and round off a solid season for the Brit who will also make the jump to MotoGP next season. Takaaki Nakagami and Mattia Pasini took the chequered flag in sixth and seventh, with Jonas Folger finishing his Moto2 career in eighth. Danny Kent produced an impressive ride in ninth, with Marcel Schrotter rounding out the top ten.