Toni Elias took his first Moto2 victory in an incredible race at Jerez. The former MotoGP rider had to claw his way back to the front after running wide while battling with Thomas Luthi a few laps laps from the finish of the truncated race.
The event had been red flagged and restarted over 17 laps after a fluid spill caused eight riders to crash on lap two of the original race. Elias was among the crashers, but was unhurt and fought mightily with Qatar winner Shoya Tomizawa, Luthi, Yuki Takahashi and Kenny Noyes for victory after the restart.
Having recovered from his incident with Luthi, Elias surged back through to the front, and held on in the lead despite running wide at the Dry Sack corner on the last lap. Tomizawa looked set to slip past, but a major wobble as he tried to accelerate out of the turn allowed Elias to stay in front and take victory.
Luthi, who picked his way up to join the lead dice after a low-key start, eventually finished third ahead of Takahashi, Simone Corsi and Sergio Gadea.
Noyes was ultimately pushed back to seventh, but had led on several occasions - once after an incredible third to first dive past Tomizawa and Elias into Dry Sack.
Julian Simon and Gabor Talmacsi completed a lead group of nine riders split by just four seconds at the flag.