In another demonstration of his superiority over the rest of the MotoGP field at the moment, Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez made things hard for himself at the beginning of the race by getting a bad start and then compounding it with a poor first lap that saw the reigning MotoGP world champion shuffled back to 10th spot. On a track that is said by the riders to be notoriously difficult to pass on, Marquez made it look easy as he scythed his way through the field. Meanwhile up front, Valentino Rossi showed that his resurgence this year was no anomaly by charging up to the front, making quick work of Stefan Bradl and Andrea Dovisioso to take the lead by lap four. Once in front, Rossi began to open up a small gap, which didn't go unnoticed by Marquez; "After that I say OK, my eyes were only on Valentino," said Marquez. In 11 laps, Marquez dispatched the eight riders ahead of him and was on Rossi's tail. But instead of a battle that the spectators were salivating for, Rossi made a mistake under pressure and allowed Marquez to quickly take the lead; that door opening was all he needed, and Marquez proceeded to quickly march away from Rossi to open up a gap that was nearly four seconds at one point. Rossi finished a lonely second, while GO&FUN Honda Gresini's Alvaro Bautista finally put everything together and worked his way up to finish third.