Qualifying saw Marquez nail the pole in great style followed by Lorenzo, Pedrosa, Barbera, Rossi and Vinales.
At the start of the race Lorenzo got a great hole shot and squirted into the lead. Rossi quickly dropped back to 8th. By lap 5, Lorenzo was still in the lead, Rossi had passed Marquez and grabbed 2nd with Pedrosa and Vinales in 4th and 5th position respectfully. The race was looking really good at this group of 1-5 tightly bunched and on a charge.
By lap 15 Rossi had gotten by Lorenzo who appeared to be having some tire issues, followed by Marquez, 2.8 seconds back, Pedrosa, Vinales, then a fading Lorenzo. On lap 16, Ionnone, on the factory Ducati blew it and took out Lorenzo and himself entering turn 10. This was most unfortunate for Jorge because he walked away from the race with no points.
By lap 20 the order was the same, except Marquez was not his typical late race charge and closing on Valentino. Things were looking really good for a great finish. On lap 22, Marquez passed Rossi at the end of the front straight braking for turn 1. He pulled out a few bike lengths and I thought he might begin to train length Rossi, but this was not the case. Rossi reeled Marquez back in then re-passed him on lap 23 at the end of the straight and was able to hold his lead to the end when Marquez went wide on the last lap. It was a great, clean race. And, Marquez is now #1 in points as follows:
Next race June 26th – Dutch Grand Prix, Motul TT Assen – NETHERLANDS.