The Doctor fought from his fifth place grid position start to lead the early laps of the race. With Marquez dropping back, Rossi out-maneuvered Stefan Bradl and then race leader Andrea Dovizioso to take the lead with 25 laps remaining. The nine-time world champion rode to the limit and had increased the lead to nearly a second before Marquez began to close in. As the pace steadied and the race found it’s tempo, Marquez started picking off the riders in front of him and by lap seven he was up to fourth. On lap 10, Marquez set the fastest lap of the race en route to passing Stefan Bradl and Pol Espargaro, and by lap 13 he was on the tail of race leader Valentino Rossi. With 16 laps to go Rossi made a costly error and ran wide into the last chicane, allowing Marquez past. He tucked in behind but was unable to regain his position, finishing in second place.