With a ninety thousand strong crown cheering on the Italian as he crossed the finish line, Rossi was over the moon to be back on the top spot of the podium after over a two and a half year wait.
Taking second place was Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez who nearly collided with third place man Tech3 Yamaha rider Cal Crutchlow on the final lap luckily Crutchlow managed to stay on the bike and take another podium finish after starting from his first ever MotoGP pole position.
In fourth was Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa he was followed by fellow Spanish rider Jorge Lorenzo. Lorenzo had only been declared fit to race this morning after returning from Barcelona having undergone surgery on his broken collarbone, although the current MotoGP World Champion looked to be in excruciating pain after finishing today’s gutsy race.
After starting form third place LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl fell back to sixth position. While GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista claimed seventh. Finishing where he started Aspars Aleix Espargaro took the top CRT spot crossing the finish line in eighth. Crutchlow’s team-mate Bradley Smith finished in ninth, on his Monster Tech3 Yamaha machine.
And rounding out the top ten was Ducati’s Nicky Hayden. By Laura Turner
The MotoGP World Championship standings are as follows –
1. Dani Pedrosa – 136 Points
2. Jorge Lorenzo – 127 Points
3. Marc Marquez – 113 Points
4. Cal Crutchlow – 87 Points
5. Valentino Rossi – 85 Points