The eagerly awaited main event had a shortened start due to the troubled Moto2 restart.
Valentino Rossi started well, after multiple practices this weekend, but Jorge Lorenzo had the better entry into the turn. Aleix Espargaro held off Marc Marquez, Bradley Smith and Andrea Dovizioso. Loris Baz, Jack Miller and Bautista got caught up in turn one and all crashed out.
On the second lap, Rossi missed his cue and went wide into turn one, but didn't lose second place. Marquez in fourth copied him and also didn't lose a position in fourth and instead maintained his one second lead over Dani Pedrosa and Dovizioso. A lap later, Rossi had caught back up to Lorenzo and looked like he was happy to sit behind Lorenzo without trying to pass. Marquez, on the other hand, had every intention of passing Espagaro and took third very convincingly.
A few laps later, Lorenzo still led, Rossi still looked like he could pass if he wanted but Marquez closed up and made the front pair a front three. Five laps in, Rossi started to nip at Lorenzo's heels, reminding him he was there. A lap later, Rossi went wide into turn one, but once again, Marquez copied him and the positions at the front remained unchanged, but it allowed Andrea Dovizioso to close the gap in fourth.
Aleix Espargaro was caught and passed by Dani Pedrosa on the seventh lap with Andrea Iannone closing the gap by blasting past both Maverick Viñales and Scott Redding for seventh place.
On the ninth lap, Valentino Rossi slowed drastically, going wide at a left hander with smoke showing from his engine. As he dropped back, cruising off the racing line, his engine gave up the ghost and popped again, bellowing smoke out of the back, ending the Italian's weekend. As Rossi left the track, fans already started leaving the track early. Rossi looked like he had every chance of a win, but his Yamaha, like Lorenzo's in the morning's warm up, just expired.
Lorenzo had a one second gap from Marquez in second place who broke away from Dovizioso trying to catch the leader. Further back, Iannone passed Pedrosa and saw a three and a half second gap to his Ducati teammate in third. Lorenzo and Marquez bolted at the front as Dovizioso dropped back to Iannone who was clearing off from Pedrosa.
Fifteen laps in, three seconds behind the front two, Andrea Iannone caught Andrea Doviziosoand the pair spend lap seventeen trading third place, with Iannone round the outside into the first turn, Dovizioso outbraking him but missing the apex and leaving an Iannone-sized gap. Dovizioso took third back later that lap but lost it a lap later and the pair were joined by Pedrosa as they tripped each other up. Iannone was clearly quicker than Dovizioso but couldn't find a way past his wily teammate but once he did, he made a break only to be followed by Pedrosa.
Marquez made an attempt on Lorenzo three laps from the flag, but Lorenzo struck back immediately to retake the lead. A lap later, Pedrosa cleanly passed Iannone, over six seconds from the leading two, and Iannone couldn't see a way past Pedrosa, in spite of trying many times. Marquez tried a turn one pass on Lorenzo on the penultimate lap and Lorenzo was able to switchback again.
Going into the last lap, Ianonne took third before the last turn and held the position to the first turn. Ahead of him, Marquez caught Lorenzo in an unexpected pass four turns into the last lap, and made a break for it. Lorenzo was caught by surprise and took a few corners to regain his composure and put paid to Marquez's rabbit impersonation, catching and passing him midway through the lap. Leading into the chicane, Lorenzo had the better line but Marquez cut the kerb at an unlikely speed and made a pass appear from nothing and stole the lead into the last turn. Lorenzo didn't give up but had an impossible task with a Honda leading out of the last v]corner in front of him.
Jorge Lorenzo had a perfect line with perfect drive and bore down on Marc Marquez, beating him to the flag by less than two hundredths of a second. Andrea Iannone took third with a positively glacial two tenths from Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso took a lonely fifth two and a half seconds ahead of Maverick Viñales.
Lorenzo leads the championship by ten points from Marquez. with Valentino Rossi thirty seven points adrift in third after a disappointing Sunday.
|46||Valentino ROSSI||Yamaha||15 Laps|
|45||Scott REDDING||Ducati||15 Laps|
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|43||Jack MILLER||Honda||0 Lap|
|19||Alvaro BAUTISTA||Aprilia||0 Lap|
|76||Loris BAZ||Ducati||0 Lap|