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The Italian flag waved on the podium of the tricky Portuguese track at the end of a spectacular, hard-fought race.

Morbidelli kept the second position after the start behind Duwelz and was able to avoid poleman Nestorovic who crashed out at turn 1. Nocco did even better, climbing from eighth position to third.

Morbidelli controlled the entire race distance, even when he fell in fourth after being passed by Chesaux and Covena. A strong pace helped not to lose contact with the front and study his opponents to strike the attack with two laps to go. He took control with one lap to go and, with a flawless performance, defended himself to win ahead of Duwelz and Chesaux.

Nocco also showed his talent in one of the most difficult venues in the calendar. Aggressive and fast since early on, when he matched the front runners' pace, he also defended himself against the attacks by Marchal, scoring his best finish of the season in sixth place and entering the Top 10 in the standings, where Morbidelli is now third.


Franco Morbidelli "I'm very happy. It was a tough, fun race. The team gave a great bike and I was able to fight. At one point, when I lost ground, I almost lost confidence, but kept believing until the end and scored a very important victory for me. I want to thank my family, San Carlo, and the whole team. We can still achieve so much, if we keep our feet on the ground".