A frantic first lap saw Marc Marquez drop from pole to tenth place, before the world champion fought back up the order to take the lead from Valentino Rossi just before the halfway stage.

Alvaro Bautista got the better of rookie Pol Espargaro to complete the podium, with Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo a muted fifth and sixth.

Early race leader Andrea Dovizioso slipped back to ninth place.

Danilo Petrucci was absent due to a broken wrist at Jerez, with his planned Ioda replacement Luca Scassa then breaking a femur in testing at Mugello...

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1. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 44m 3.925s 2. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 44m 5.411s 3. Alvaro Bautista ESP Go&Fun Honda Gresini (RC213V) 44m 7.069s 4. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)* 44m 7.642s 5. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 44m 8.002s 6. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 44m 11.013s 7. Stefan Bradl GER LCR Honda MotoGP (RC213V) 44m 15.452s 8. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici) 44m 26.028s 9. Aleix Espargaro ESP NGM Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha) 44m 26.551s 10. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 44m 27.033s 11. Cal Crutchlow GBR Ducati Team (Desmosedici) 44m 29.705s 12. Scott Redding GBR Go&Fun Honda Gresini (RCV1000R)* 44m 43.448s 13. Yonny Hernandez COL Pramac Racing (Desmosedici) 44m 46.469s 14. Hiroshi Aoyama JPN Drive M7 Aspar (RCV1000R) 44m 46.661s 15. Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB Motoracing (RCV1000R) 45m 0.569s 16. Michael Laverty GBR Paul Bird Motorsport (PBM-ART) 45m 18.048s 17. Colin Edwards USA NGM Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha) 45m 23.648s 18. Broc Parkes AUS Paul Bird Motorsport (PBM-ART)* 45m 34.859s 19. Mike Di Meglio FRA Avintia Racing (Avintia)* 45m 38.446s
Andrea Iannone ITA Pramac Racing (Desmosedici) DNF
Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Avintia) DNF
Nicky Hayden USA Drive M7 Aspar (RCV1000R) DNF

Blue Name = Factory - Control ECU hardware, unique manufacturer software.
20 litres of race fuel, 5 engine changes for the season. All engines identical throughout the year within the same team (development freeze). Black Name = Factory (with concessions) - Control ECU hardware, unique manufacturer software.
Applicable to Factory entries by a manufacturer that did not achieve a dry win in 2013 (only Ducati) plus any new MotoGP manufacturers.
Same 24 litres of race fuel, 12 engine changes, softer rear tyre, no engine development freeze and extra testing opportunities as the Open Category. Fuel to be reduced to 22 litres should Ducati achieve a race win, two second places or three (dry) podiums. If Ducati claims three wins they will also lose the softer rear tyre. All other concessions confirmed until start of single ECU era in 2016. Red Name = Open - Full control ECU system, hardware and software.
24 litres of race fuel, 12 engine changes, softer rear tyre, no engine development freeze and greater testing opportunities relative to Factory. * Rookie

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its computer racing these days , to bad :(

I had to "disagree" ... if it was computer racing they would be all in with a fair chance to win/podium.

I really want to disagree with ProfessorX, too, but I have to (painfully) admit that his theories look increasingly ... spot on