Twenty-seven laps of hot Spanish weather would prove to be a decent test for Michelin's tyres.
Valentino Rossi led into the first turn from Pole Position and dragged Jorge Lorenzo, Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa with him. Andrea Dovizioso tried to get to the front on the first turn, but he was outside Lorenzo who would not relinquish his line, pushing Dovizioso back to sixth place.
Dani Pedrosa pushed past his Honda teammate Marc Marquez on the first lap as the front four riders started to break away. On the second lap, Marquez tried to pass Pedrosa on turn two but went wide trying. Jorge Lorenzo passed his teammate Valentino Rossi on turn three but Rossi immediately put his Yamaha back into the lead in turn four and that was the last time anyone got close to Rossi.
At the end of the second lap, Marc Marquez took a tight line under Dani Pedrosa and took the last podium spot before lap three started.
And that was it at the top. Valentino Rossi just dominated the race and drew out a tenth here and there with almost three seconds between him and Lorenzo halfway through the race. Lorenzo was hindered a little with Marquez nipping at his heels for half the race, trying to find a way past, but even once the clinical rider had dropped the tyke off, he could only manage to get to within two seconds of Rossi before he claimed his tyre lost grip, there was a visible line in the centre, and spun the rear under power on straights. Lorenzo would see a four second gap ahead of him and behind him at the end of the race until Rossi conceded a couple of seconds at the line with his celebrations.
Marc Marquez took a safe third, settling for the last podium place after a few scares, but his third was never in any danger as he also had four seconds of fresh air behind him. He maintains his lead in the title chase, seventeen points ahead of Lorenzo and twenty-four clear of Rossi.
Dani Pedrosa in fourth had to tend with the Suzuki of Aleix Espagaro but five laps from the end, Espagaro couldn't keep up the pace and started to fall backwards towards his teammate Maverick Vinales. Both Suzuki's finished ahead of Ducati, with Andrea Dovizioso pulling out with a tyre issue that had Eugene Laverty gesticulating at his rear as it smoked unusually. Laverty, however, finished the race in with place behind Andrea Iannone and Pol Espagaro.
Valentino Rossi ended the weekend with the gentleman's set, pole position, fastest lap and the race win, in what was utter domination from a rider who is nowhere near retirement.
|4||Andrea DOVIZIOSO||Ducati||18 Laps|
|19||Alvaro BAUTISTA||Aprilia||22 Laps|