Full Recap and Results Below:
Marc Marquez has taken his sixth successive MotoGP victory at Mugello after a pulse raising duel with compatriot Jorge Lorenzo. Marquez becomes the first rider to win six races in a row since Valentino Rossi in 2002, but it was the hardest he has been pushed this season. The reigning Champion took the lead from Lorenzo with seven laps remaining and from there a memorable tussle ensued. The lead was swapped in aggressive but fair fashion lap upon lap to the raucous crowds delight. Marquez took the lead on the penultimate lap and eventually won the run to the line to keep a rejuvenated Lorenzo at bay by a tenth.
Valentino Rossi ended his 300th competitive race in third place, the Italian had rocketed up to fourth place from tenth by lap two. Unfortunately for 'The Doctor' he was always just within touching distance of the battling leaders and could never quite bridge the gap. Dani Pedrosa made an uncharacteristically poor start and took a disappointing fourth place after showing signs of improved form in practice, he finished ahead of Pol Espargaro and the Italian Ducati pairing of Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone. Alvaro Bautista, Aleix Espargaro and Yonny Hernandez rounded out the top ten.
Bradley Smith crashed on lap four to cap a disappointing weekend as his countryman Cal Crutchlow also crashed a lap later. His riderless Ducati slid across the track and collected a helpless Stefan Bradl, who was consequently also dumped out of the race. All riders were thankfully uninjured.
In the wake of all the entertainment the Marquez juggernaut thunders on, despite being vigorously challenged and his formidable Championship lead is extended. However some faith has been restored in MotoGP's ability to excite for fans and competitors alike and Marquez as much as anyone will be hoping for an equally enthralling affair as the season continues at Catalunya in two weeks time.
|9||7||41||Aleix ESPARGARO||Forward Yamaha||41.886|
|15||1||5||Colin EDWARDS||Forward Yamaha||+1'09.554|
|18||63||Mike DI MEGLIO||Avintia||+1'37.501|
|8||Hector BARBERA||Avintia||16 Laps|
|84||Michel FABRIZIO||ART||17 Laps|
|35||Cal CRUTCHLOW||Ducati||20 Laps|
|6||Stefan BRADL||Honda||20 Laps|
|38||Bradley SMITH||Yamaha||21 Laps|