Jorge Lorenzo produced another master-class performance aboard his Movistar Yamaha as he took the win by 0.019s ahead of Marc Marquez at the Italian circuit of Mugello as team-mate Valentino Rossi was forced to retire from his home race with an engine failure.
Starting from pole position, Rossi was unable to stop his Spanish team-mate from hitting the front in the first corner after Lorenzo got a stunning start from the second row. The opening laps saw the two factory Yamaha bikes split by just 0.1s and it seemed only a matter of time before we were treated to an intense battle from the team-mates.
However the Italian dream was over for Rossi as he was out of the race on lap eight with an engine failure, seeming to leave Lorenzo to cruise to victory.
Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez was soon on the charge for the victory from second position and was up with his compatriot for the second half of the race. The fight for first was not the only battle down the field as the two Ducati factory team-mates were both after the final spot on the podium.
On the 12th lap of 23 Marquez was up and racing for the victory with the reigning world champion, and by the 18th lap the young Spaniard had set the fastest lap of the race and was up and fighting with Lorenzo.
Spaniards were continuing to charge further down the field as Dani Pedrosa had moved up into third position ahead of the two Ducati’s with three laps to go. However Iannone wasn’t letting go and crossed the line in third position in front of his home fans.
The penultimate laps provided fans with edge of the seat racing, as there was nothing to split between Lorenzo and Marquez. With the lead changing a handful of times in the Tuscan hills on the final lap it looked as if Marquez had secured the win and beaten Lorenzo in a tough race but Lorenzo was able to get the right drive out of the final corner and snatched the win from Marquez by 0.019s.
Pedrosa finsihed his 250th GP in fourth postion, ahead of Dovizioso and Vinales. Britain’s Bradley Smith was the top satellite bike in seventh ahead of Danilo Petrucci.
Scott Redding was forced to retire from his team’s home race with 15 laps remaining as Loris Baz, Alvaro Bautista and Jack Miller were unable to finish the first lap following a collision between the three in the first corner. All riders were up and OK.
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