Yamaha fought back and dealt with the initial problems well enough to have Lorenzo only 0.73 seconds behind Marquez after 20 laps. As in previous races, "upstarts" like Andrea Iannone could rise high in practice standings (he was a promising and sensational second in FP1). Unfortunately, his heavy crash in qualifying put him 10th on the grid, which he improved to an 8th-place finish. In the race, top teams and riders leave the one-lap wonders behind, but there is steady, incremental progress from Ducati. Marquez was first, then Lorenzo, Valentino Rossi, and Dani Pedrosa (who won his duel with Andrea Dovizioso at the end), showing that top teams and riders have the most balanced set-ups and tire-management skills. But there was Dovizioso, a good 5th, suggesting that something good is happening in Bologna.