Jorge Lorenzo finally took his first win for Ducati leading from lights to flag as Marq Marquez crashes out!
There were 6 crashes in the opening 4 laps which included Dani Pedrosa and Jack Miller and a few laps later, Marquez made it 7. The championship leader nearly saved it but he ran out of tarmac. His lead is now only 23 points to home hero Valentino Rossi.
Lorenzo, despite the soft rear tyres, controlled the whole race and showed teams why they should sign him for next year.
Behind Lorenzo, was his teammate Andrea Dovizioso. Last years runner up tried in the opening laps to catch up to Lorenzo but after collecting 0 points from the last 2 races, he settled for the 20 points to be 29 points behind Marquez.
Valentino Rossi superbly took pole position yesterday but didn’t have the pace to fight the factory Ducati’s for the victory but fought off the Suzuki’s to finish on the podium.
The Suzuki’s looked very tidy and over the weekend, Andrea Iannone showed great pace but his soft rear tyres couldn’t hold on till the end. He finished 0.1 seconds ahead of his teammate Alex Rins who showed some great pace after an average qualifying.
Danilo Petrucci was looking pretty good for a podium but on the opening lap, Marc Marquez pushed him out wide and that ended his chance of a win but still came through to finish in 7th position just behind Britain’s Cal Crutchlow.
Despite the front row start, Maverick Vinales, once again threw it away! The Spaniard was down to 10th by the first lap but his strong late race pace showed once again as he came through to 8th position ahead of an impressive ride by Alvaro Bautista on the Angel Nieto Ducati bike. Johann Zarco completed the top 10.
Elsewhere, an injured Tito Rabat came through to a very impressive 12th position and Marq Marquez eventually finished in 16th position.
The Top 10:
- Jorge Lorenzo- Ducati
- Andrea Dovizioso- Ducati
- Valentino Rossi- Movistar Yamaha
- Andrea Iannone- Suzuki Ecstar
- Alex Rins- Suzuki Ecstar
- Cal Crutchlow- LCR Honda
- Danilo Petrucci- Alma Pramac
- Maverick Vinales- Movistar Yamaha
- Alvaro Bautista- Angel Nieto
- Johann Zarco- Tech 3