Johann Zarco continued to impress, as he made aggressive moves against Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales, even making a contact with the former. Moments after, Zarco passed the factory Yamahas it was time to attack Crutchlow and Marquez, which he eventually did. Meanwhile a fierce action sequence happened at the back as Jack Miller and Alvaro Bautista collided and crashed, resulting in a little quarrel between the two. Moments after, Cal Crutchlow had a low side crash and was momentarily joined by Pol Espargaro few seconds after. Andrea Iannone tried to make an impression as he passed Viñales, only to end up in the gravel later.
While Pedrosa was pulling out a gap at the front, there was a surprise visit by Jorge Lorenzo at P3 to prove his potential on the Ducati. Though Zarco tried his best in catching Lorenzo, all his efforts went in vain as the factory Ducati rider made serious improvements. Meanwhile the factory Yamaha riders were suffering a lot due to their tyre issues. Andrea Dovizioso passed both Rossi and Viñales to settle for an impressive fifth.
Rossi on the other hand was the worst affected, as a group of riders including Danilo Petrucci, Jonas Folger and Aleix Espargaro overtook him with ease. With around 2 laps remaining, there wasn't much drama as everyone were settled at the same spot. Dani Pedrosa wheelied his way through the chequered flag to win his first race of the 2017 World Championship, making him the only rider to win at least a single race in every season for 16 long years. He was followed by the defending World Champion Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo.
Johann Zarco ended the race as the top satellite rider in P4 followed by Andrea Dovizioso at P5. Maverick Viñales crossed the line at P6, a whopping 24.5 seconds behind the leader. Danilo Petrucci, Jonas Folger, Aleix Espargaro and Valentino Rossi completed the top 10 of the grid. This was one of Rossi's toughest races, as he finished 38 seconds behind the race winner.
Completing the top 15 of the points table were Scott Redding, Hector Barbera, Loris Baz, Bradley Smith and Karel Abraham. Though Rossi finished at P10, he still holds the top spot in the World Championship standings with 62 points, 2 clear of Viñales and 4 clear of Marquez. The grid now moves to Le Mans, France which is scheduled on May 21, 2017. Stay tuned to Bikes Media for instant updates on the 2017 MotoGP World Championship.
By: Aravind Rb