Franco Morbidelli has put it all on the line for five valuable championship points, by taking a last lap win over Mattia Pasini at Motorland Aragon, as he extends his championship lead back out to 21 points over Thomas Luthi.
The Italian looked to be a runaway winner in the early stages of the race, clearing off at the front – but Pasini was able to hunt him down in the closing stages to put up a battle in the last laps for the win. And despite team orders to play it safe, Morbidelli put on a show of force to take the maximum points.
Miguel Oliveira was third, taking another strong podium for KTM in their debut year despite not quite being able to close down the leaders in time as they duelled, with the second KTM machine of Moto3 world champion brad Binder coming home in fifth just behind Luthi.
Simone Corsi, Takaaki Nakagami, Sandro Cortese and Francesco Bagnaia rounded out the top ten, while Brit Tarran Mackenzie came home in 27th.
It was a disappointing day for the second Marc VDS rider Alex Marquez, however, who was forced to watch his teammate win from the sidelines after pulling out of contention with a lingering hip injury.