Starting from eighth on the grid Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) rode a brilliant race to take his first victory of the year, breaking the lap record in the process and making it eight different race winners in eight consecutive MotoGP races in 2016. Second place went to Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) who led for the majority of the race but was unable to meet Pedrosa’s pace when he was passed by Pedrosa late in the race.
In third place was Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) who led off the line but was overtaken by Rossi on the first lap and remained in second place for most of the race until passed by Pedrosa. Championship leader Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) was off the pace finishing fourth with Maverick Vinales (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) fifth and Andrea Divizioso (Ducati Team) sixth.
1 Dani PEDROSA (SPA) Repsol Honda Team Honda 43’43.524
2 Valentino ROSSI (ITA) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +2.837
3 Jorge LORENZO (SPA) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +4.359
In his home race Lorenzo Baldassarri (Forward Team) took his maiden win after reeling in and passing race leader Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) on the penultimate lap of the race leaving the injured Rins to take second place.
After a poor start third place went to Takaaki Nakagami (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia) with championship leader Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) fourth Franco Morbidelli (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) fifth and Silverstone winner Thomas Luthi (Garage Plus Interwetten) sixth.
As a result of this race Zarco’s lead over Rins in the championship has been cut to just three points with five races to go.
1 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI (ITA) Forward Team Kalex 42’45.885
2 Alex RINS (SPA) Paginas Amarillas HP 40 Kalex +2.523
3 Takaaki NAKAGAMI (JPN) IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex +6.199
In a race which saw two riders, Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) and Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing Moto3), break away from the field with ten laps to go victory finally went to Binder who after being passed by Bastianini with a few laps to go overtook Bastianini on the last lap to take the win with Bastianini second.
Third place went to a fast finishing Joan Mir (Leopard Racing) after a battle with Nicolo Bulega (SKY Racing Team VR46) who finished fourth with Jakub Kornfeil (Drive M7 SIC Racing Team) fifth and Andrea Locatelli (Leopard Racing) sixth.
The win gives Binder a 106 point lead in the championship with a possibility that he could take the Moto3 championship at the next round in Aragon.
1 Brad BINDER (RSA) Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 3 9’37.556
2 Enea BASTIANINI (ITA) Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +0.262
3 Joan MIR (SPA) Leopard Racing KTM +1.416