It was always Lorenzo’s race but there was plenty of drama behind him. Rossi had a poor start but managed to claw his way back to third position behind Andrea Iannone who delighted the crowd by putting a Ducati on the podium.
In fact, it could have been two Ducatis but Andrea Divizioso was forced to retire with handling problems despite having achieved second position on a number of occasions while contesting the placing with Honda’s Marc Marquez. Marquez eventually crashed, allowing Iannone through.
Dani Pedrosa rode a solid race to claim fourth, just over three seconds behind Rossi, with Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Bradley Smith the leading Satellite rider in fifth, benefitting from Cal Crutchlow’s crash with just three laps remaining. Smith’s teammate Pol Espargaro was next across the line in sixth, while Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar), wild card Michele Pirro (Ducati Team), Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing) and Yonny Hernandez completed the top ten.