Tony Arbolino slipstreamed himself to his first ever Moto3 victory from pole position in Mugello, out-dragging compatriot Lorenzo Dalla Porta to the line by just 0.29 seconds.
Starting from pole position, Arbolino found himself leading through the first lap, however, in typically mad Moto3 style the Italian found himself in a lead group of 17 with the lead changing throughout the race.
Never finding himself outside of the top ten, Arbolino had to word hard to keep his powder dry as he battled through. Out front, it was Dalla Porta who appeared to have the pace and his Leopard Honda perfectly hooked up down the straight.
Coming into the final lap, it was Jaume Masia who took the lead from Dalla Porta, however, the Spaniard made a mistake in the third sector going through Palagio allowing both Dalla Porta and Arbolino through.
Dalla Porta, who was perfect through sector four all race, looked as if he had the race sewn up. Arbolino sat behind his compatriot coming out of the final corner and dragged him to the line, beating him out by just 0.029 seconds for the first win of his World Championship career.
Dalla Porta had to settle for second position, his sixth in the last eleven races, with Jaume Masia getting his World Championship challenge back on track with a podium.
Nico Antonelli battled through to finish fourth on his SIC 58 Honda with Dennis Foggia making it four Italians in the top five in fifth position. It was a damage limitation job for John McPhee who came home in sixth position. Inside the top three within three laps, McPhee couldn’t position himself for a shot at the victory on the final lap, but will be satisfied after his qualifying position.
Aron Canet was seventh and held onto the lead of the Moto3 World Championship by just three points, with Tatsuki Suzuki, Celestino Vietti and Darryn Binder rounding out the top ten.