Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) gambled on slick tires as the rest of the grid opted for rain tires, deciding at the last moment to switch bikes. This forced Rossi to start from pit lane, although he quickly made his way through the trailing bikes in the early part of the race. As the track dried, riders were forced to switch bikes. For Rossi it was his second trip to the pits. Lap times from Rossi were one second faster than Aleix Espargaro’s (NGM Forward Racing) pace, but a gap of over 15 seconds was too much to recover and he eventually finished in fifth.