Cal Crutchlow’s (LCR Honda)choice of hard compound front and rear wet weather tyres proved a master stroke when he rode through the field on a drying track to take his first ever MotoGP victory, the first for a British rider since Barry Sheen in 1981. It was also the second win for an independent team this season after Jack Miller’s win in Assen.
Second place went to Valentino Rossi ( Movistar Yamaha MotoGP)who chose a hard rear tyre but a soft front with Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda)on a pair of soft tyres third.
Also charging through the field on a pair of hard tyres was Loris Baz (Avintia Racing) who passed his team-mate Hector Barbera (Avintia Racing) late in the race to take fourth place with Barbera fifth and Eugene Laverty sixth.
Leader for most of the race Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) finished eighth after his soft front tyre was shredded at the end of the race.
Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) had a disastrous race, finishing out of the points in seventeenth place.
1 Cal CRUTCHLOW (GBR) LCR Honda Honda 47’44.290
2 Valentino ROSSI (ITA) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +7.298
3 Marc MARQUEZ (SPA) Repsol Honda Team Honda +9.587
In torrential rain Jonas Folger (Dynavolt Intact GP) took the lead in turn one on the first lap and rode the perfect race to win his first race of the season. After struggling in dry practice and qualifying the wet conditions suited Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) who rode a steady race to finish second with Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) also having a steady race to finish third.
Fourth place went to Mattia Pasini (Italtrans Racing Team) after he collided with fast finishing Sandro Cortese (Dynavolt Intact GP) on the last lap causing Cortese to crash leaving Alex Marquez (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) to finish fifth and Hafizh Syahrin (Petronas Raceline Malaysia) sixth.
Championship leader Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) had a bad day finishing eleventh reducing his lead over Rins in the championship to fifteen points.
1 Jonas FOLGER (GER) Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex 45’30.342
2 Alex RINS (SPA) Paginas Amarillas HP 40 Kalex +5.175
3 Sam LOWES (GBR) Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex +9.021
In wet conditions John McPhee (Peugeot MC Saxoprint) rode an excellent race to take his maiden Moto3 win. It was also the first win for Pugeot. In second place was Jorge Martin (Pull & Bear ASPAR Mahindra Team) with Fabio DiGiannantonio (Gresini Racing Moto3 ) third.
In fourth place was Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing Moto3) ahead of Niccolo Antonelli (Ongetta-Rivacold) fifth and local rider Jakub Kornfeil (Drive M7 SIC Racing Team) sixth.
Championship leader Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) led the race until he crashed out four laps from the end while his closest rival for the championship, Jorge Navarro (Estrella Galicia 0,0) finished tenth.
1 John MCPHEE (GBR) Peugeot MC Saxoprint Peugeot 45’36.087
2 Jorge MARTIN (SPA) Pull & Bear ASPAR Mahindra Team Mahindra +8.806
3 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO (ITA) Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +9.777