Race report and results follow.
Jorge Lorenzo, on pole position, selected a harder front tyre that was considered to be a better choice for the conditions. He got a good start ahead of Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez jockeying behind him and the three of them set off together, dropping Andrea Iannone, Andrea Dovizioso and Dani Pedrosa.
On the second lap, Marquez made his move past Rossi, not wasting any time, but the old dog took his place back immediately, both racers trusting in their fresh tyres to not let them down in the duel. The next lap, the two fought hammer and tongs again, with Rossi once again coming out on top and, on the fourth lap, Rossi pressed his advantage and took the fight to Jorge Lorenzo and took the lead convincingly.
Lorenzo was then set upon by Marquez who made short work of him and the three of them then set into a rhythm, all three setting fastest laps repeatedly, that put several seconds between Lorenzo and Andrea Iannone, and even when Dani Pedrosa despatched Iannone for the fourth place, it was a gap of over three seconds, eight laps in to the race.
Rossi and Marquez rode in tandem as Lorenzo couldn't match them, watching the front two over a second ahead, but on the tenth lap, Marquez lost grip on a right-hand corner and the bike gently slid away from the apex, neatly dumping him on the tarmac in the process. Lorenzo passed him safely as he tried in vain to restart the bike, eventually recovering, with the assistance of three Italian marshals, last, in twentieth place.
With Rossi having a two point eight second lead over Lorenzo at the halfway mark, and Pedrosa a further three behind, with his own problem in the form of Andrea Dovizioso, all that remained as to see if Lorenzo's harder tyre would start to show its strengths and allow him to deny the Italian a victory at his home track.
It was not to be, however, and Valentino Rossi just kept the same gap from Jorge Lorenzo to the flag, passing several back markers on his last lap. Dani Pedrosa kept Andrea Dovizioso from third place with Andrea Iannone in fifth. Championship leader Marc Marquez finished in fiftheenth place, getting a single point for his efforts. His pace when not fighting Rossi was close to that of Pedrosa's, demonstrating that he may have been riding outside his limit to keep up with Rossi.
Valentino Rossi claimed Grand Prix victory 107 (his 81st victory in the top class) and added another record as the first rider to get more than five thousand career points, and closed to within one point of Dani Pedrosa in second place of the title chase. Marc Marquez still leads the championship, but only by 74 points.
|14||15||Alex DE ANGELIS||Forward Yamaha||+1'13.546|
|18||23||Broc PARKES||PBM||1 Lap|
|19||8||Hector BARBERA||Avintia||1 Lap|
|41||Aleix ESPARGARO||Forward Yamaha||1 Lap|
|6||Stefan BRADL||Honda||22 Laps|
|9||Danilo PETRUCCI||ART||27 Laps|
|63||Mike DI MEGLIO||Avintia||0 Lap|