Viñales makes it two from two
Maverick Viñales has continued his perfect start to 2017 with two wins out of two in the MotoGP Championship, and with title rival Marc Marquez crashing out having shown early pace he holds a strong advantage in not only the points, but on a psychological level having demonstrated comfort and consistency on the Movistar Yamaha.
It was Marquez who set the early pace and looked comfortable in the lead, but on the fourth lap the Spaniard crashed at turn two and handed the win to Viñales who had already begun to close the gap.
Valentino Rossi celebrated his 350th GP race in style with second place finish, further cementing his reputation as a Sunday man having been off the pace all weekend but pulling a vital performance out of the bag when it mattered most.
Cal Crutchlow finished as top Honda and more importantly finished off the podium. It was a great race for the rider who was hunted down by Rossi in the final stages of the race, however with the technical problem Cal said he had throughout the race he could have possibly challenged for the overall win - a very promising sign for the Brit.
Bautista finished in fourth, a fantastic effort on the Aspar Ducati - Johann Zarco finished in fifth ahead of teammate Jonas Folger.
Petrucci, Redding, Miller and Abraham made up the top ten.
There were several notable fallers in the race, the previously mentioned Marquez, alongside teammate Pedrosa who fell at the exact same corner in the same seemingly unexplainable fashion.
Dovizioso continued his poor luck at the circuit and for the second time in two years was taken out by another rider, this time by Aleix Espargaro.
Jorge Lorenzo's season went from bad to worse, making contact with Iannone on the first lap and falling out of the race.
10.04.2017 - Big Ed