Cal Crutchlow Wins After Great Battle with Johann Zarco, Alex Rins and Polesitter Jack Miller. [pic]
The race result was wide-open after officials made Marquez serve a ride-through whilst leading after previously stalling on the grid and then riding back to his grid spot when he restarted his bike.
Recovering from his penalty, Marquez carved his way through the field to eventually catch Rossi. Marquez then barged his way down the inside of Rossi in Turn 13 forcing his rival onto the grass.
The race start had been delayed when all the riders, except for Jack Miller, returned to the pits after the warm-up lap to change from wet tyres to dry sets. Confusion reigned as the riders were shuffled back to the grid.
Once underway it was Australian Jack Miller who lead the race before Marquez passed him and pulled a two second lead on the field.
On the fifth Marquez was penalized with a ride-through and he re-joined the race in 19th.
The top four of Miller, Rins, Zarco and Crutchlow seized the opportunity to pull away from the pack and swap places and the lead until the last lap when Zarco passed Crutchlow, who then slipstreamed his way back into the lead to claim his third MotoGP win.
Rins celebrated his maiden MotoGP podium in third behind Zarco, while Miller settled for fourth.
Marquez passed Maverick Vinales on the final lap to take fifth, but was hit with a 30-second penalty, for the Rossi pass, that dropped him down to 18th.
Recovering Rossi finished 19th, four places behind floundering Jorge Lorenzo. Dani Pedrosa exited on the highside in the opening lap, after Zarco gave him a nudge.
|1||Cal Crutchlow||LCR Honda||Honda||40m36.342s|
|2||Johann Zarco||Tech3 Yamaha||Yamaha||0.251s|
|4||Jack Miller||Pramac Ducati||Ducati||4.390s|
|7||Tito Rabat||Avintia Ducati||Ducati||23.026s|
|9||Hafizh Syahrin||Tech3 Yamaha||Yamaha||24.311s|
|10||Danilo Petrucci||Pramac Ducati||Ducati||26.003s|
|13||Takaaki Nakagami||LCR Honda||Honda||32.452s|
|14||Franco Morbidelli||MVDS Honda||Honda||42.061s|
|16||Alvaro Bautista||Aspar Ducati||Ducati||42.625s|
|17||Thomas Luthi||MVDS Honda||Honda||43.350s|
|20||Karel Abraham||Aspar Ducati||Ducati||1m03.944s|
|21||Xavier Simeon||Avintia Ducati||Ducati||1m10.144s|