Two laps later, Dovizioso had opened a nearly one-second gap on Marquez, with Pedrosa fading. Taking advantage of his hard rear tire, Petrucci swung around Folger, moving into fourth, albeit not within reach of Pedrosa and another podium finish. After slipping all the way down to eighth, Lorenzo, circulating at podium pace, made a powerful comeback, passing Bautista, Zarco, Folger, and, with less than four laps to go, Petrucci. At the front, Dovizioso continued to expand his lead. Marquez was unable to respond.