Estrella Galicia Marc VDS’ Jack Miller wins for the first time in his MotoGP career as Marc Marquez decided to stay put in second place in a shortened 12 lap shootout. The Australian was in eighth place before the race was red flagged due to stagnant water on the circuit at the end of Lap 14. Miller took advantage of the crashes ahead of him and overtook Marc Marquez for the lead, winning only his first race in the MotoGP class.
The race was an absolute mayhem with the riders setting off on Michelin’s Rain spec tires for the 26 lap showdown. The drying line on the racing line made analysts think a flag-to flag scenario is inevitable (where riders will switch to a bike which is setup for the dry) but the Rain returned, eliminating the need of switching bike. The rain poured in so hard that organizers had to red flag the session owing to puddles of water accumulating in sector 3 and 4, including the infamous Turn 17-18 chicane.
The first race also contained many surprises, as Aspar Ducati’s Yonny Hernandez grabbed the lead from Andrea Dovizioso and Valentino Rossi to build a 3.2 second advantage at the front by taking advantage of the Desmosedici GP14.2’s exceptional characteristics in the wet. His rain spec soft option Michelin rear gave way on Lap 12, ending any chances of a victory or a podium. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati team) was leading over the line on lap 14 ahead of Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Yakhnich) and Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha), forming the front row of the restarted race.
Marc Marquez and Jack Miller shadowed the front row starters before Petrucci’s Desmosedici GP15 died on lap 2, Andrea Dovizioso crashing out at Ruskenhoek and Valentino Rossi joining him on the gravel trap on the next lap after losing his front. Reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha) started the first race in tenth position but was unable to maintain the pace of the frontrunners and was languishing in an embarrassing 19 th
position before the red flag was thrown. Owing to 11 crashes and three remounting, Jorge eventually finished last (excluding the remounted riders) in 10 th .Rossi’s crash and Lorenzo’s 10 th place finish means that Marc Marquez will go to the German GP at the Sachsenring in two weeks’ time with a 42 point cushion on valentine Rossi and a 24 point gap over Jorge Lorenzo.