Former MotoGP rider Alex de Angelis overcame Scott Redding and Andrea Iannone to earn his first Moto2 victory in a close race at Phillip Island.
De Angelis (JiR Motobi) had taken his first pole in the series yesterday, but could not hold that advantage at the start, as Aspar's Mike di Meglio, Speed Up rider Iannone and Marc VDS Suter man Redding swept past.
It was Redding who emerged in front by the end of lap one, blasting around the outside of both di Meglio and Iannone as they diced into Turn 3. The Italian and the British riders then started a long battle that saw Iannone repeatedly blast past Redding on the pits straight, while Redding kept re-taking the lead in the sweeping corners further around the lap.
This became a three-way fight with de Angelis by lap seven, with the polesitter finally getting back to the front at half-distance. He briefly lost the lead to Iannone again, but after a mistake at Siberia on lap 15 dropped the Speed Up rider to third, de Angelis was able to make a break and inch away.
Redding held on to second, his maiden win remaining elusive, while Iannone had to settle for third.
Di Meglio stayed with the leaders at first, before fading to sixth, behind his team-mate Julian Simon and Kiefer Suter's Stefan Bradl.
Champion Toni Elias spent the whole race embroiled in the massive battle for seventh - which at one stage featured 11 riders covered by just two seconds. Elias eventually worked his way to the front of this pack, ahead of Simone Corsi, Alex Debon and Karel Abraham.
Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap 1. Alex de Angelis Motobi 39m51.102s 2. Scott Redding Suter + 2.172s 3. Andrea Iannone Speed Up + 2.974s 4. Julian Simon Suter + 10.344s 5. Stefan Bradl Suter + 10.617s 6. Mike di Meglio Suter + 17.847s 7. Toni Elias Moriwaki + 27.145s 8. Simone Corsi Motobi + 27.249s 9. Alex Debon FTR + 27.398s 10. Karel Abraham FTR + 27.666s 11. Thomas Luthi Moriwaki + 27.677s 12. Fonsi Nieto Moriwaki + 27.851s 13. Dominique Aegerter Suter + 28.333s 14. Axel Pons Pons Kalex + 28.438s 15. Claudio Corti Suter + 28.497s 16. Raffaele De Rosa Tech 3 + 32.644s 17. Yuki Takahashi Tech 3 + 37.671s 18. Gabor Talmacsi Speed Up + 42.933s 19. Yonny Hernandez BQR + 46.144s 20. Alex Baldolini ICP + 46.164s 21. Anthony West MZ + 46.370s 22. Ratthapark Wilairot Bimota + 51.841s 23. Jules Cluzel Suter + 54.114s 24. Sergio Gadea Pons Kalex + 1m00.729s 25. Javier Fores Bimota + 1m04.140s 26. Roberto Rolfo Suter + 1m04.185s 27. Robertino Pietri Suter + 1m09.299s 28. Valentin Debise ADV + 1m09.794s 29. Vladimir Ivanov Moriwaki + 1m16.060s 30. Alexander Cudlin BQR + 1m16.195s 31. Kenny Noyes Promoharris + 1m34.156s 32. Kazuki Watanabe Suter + 1 lap 33. Yannick Guerra Moriwaki + 1 lap 34. Joan Olive Promoharris + 1 lap Retirements: Mashel Al Naimi BQR 20 laps Michael Ranseder Suter 18 laps Hiromichi Kunikawa Bimota 10 laps Hector Faubel Suter 3 laps Wayne Maxwell Moriwaki DSQ