Dani, starting from second on the grid and Marc starting from third, both had a problematic first corner, with Marc emerging as the biggest victim. As the MotoGP riders jostled for position, Dani was edged out down to seventh and Marc made a small mistake, running wide in turn one and rejoined the track in last place.
Both riders began to make up positions with Dani in sixth and Marc up to eleventh by lap three. The Repsol Honda duo pushed to chase race leaders Lorenzo, Dovizioso, Iannone and Rossi with Dani was on the tail of this group but unable to keep the pace. As the race progressed Dani began to suffer severe arm pump in his right arm and slowly dropped back. Meanwhile Marc passed Petrucci, Crutchlow, Smith and Hernandez and was up to sixth by lap eight.
On lap twelve Marc reached Dani and passed him into 5th, demoting Dani to 6th. Marc began to chase down the leading four riders but the gap of 3.8s was too great. Nevertheless, Marquez still managed to break a record with the fastest top speed recorded in the premier class of 350.5km/h, beating the previous record held by Iannone of 349.6km/h.
This is the first time since winning the German GP in 2013 that Marc has not lead the MotoGP Championship standings. Both riders will be looking to bounce back from this disappointing start and challenge for victory at the Red Bull Austin GP in two weeks time.
Marc Marquez: 5TH CHAMPIONSHIP STANDING: 5TH - 11 POINTS
"We should be happy because we have salvaged eleven important points, when we could easily have left here with none. It was a tough race, in which I made a mistake at the first corner and dropped back to last place. This meant that I had to make a comeback, pushing hard all through the race, but in the end I saw that I could not catch the group at the front. The positive that I'll take from today is that we rode at a similar pace to the lead group. In Austin we will continue to work hard, with an even stronger desire to do well."
Dani Pedrosa: 6TH CHAMPIONSHIP STANDING: 6TH - 10 POINTS
"Tonight's race didn't go to plan and unfortunately, I had serious problems with my right forearm which isn't good news for me. I worked very hard over the winter in order to find a solution, because I was suffering in every race last season. Every doctor recommended that I not undergo another operation and I have tried to look for alternatives, but by the looks of things nothing is working positively for it. Now I have to assess my options and see what I can do. It is probably the most difficult moment of my career. I will do my best to find a solution but in this moment it is difficult to imagine what it could be."
Weather: Dry | Humidity: 83% | Track Temp: 28°C | Air Temp: 22°C
|1||ROSSI Valentino||46||ITA||25||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||42'35.717|
|2||DOVIZIOSO Andrea||4||ITA||20||Ducati Team||+0.174|
|3||IANNONE Andrea||29||ITA||16||Ducati Team||+2.250|
|4||LORENZO Jorge||99||SPA||13||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||+2.707|
|5||MARQUEZ Marc||93||SPA||11||Repsol Honda Team||+7.036|
|6||PEDROSA Dani||26||SPA||10||Repsol Honda Team||+10.755|
|7||CRUTCHLOW Cal||35||GBR||9||CWM LCR Honda||+12.384|
|8||SMITH Bradley||38||GBR||8||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||+12.914|
|9||ESPARGARO Pol||44||SPA||7||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||+13.031|
|10||HERNANDEZ Yonny||68||COL||6||Pramac Racing||+17.435|
|11||ESPARGARO Aleix||41||SPA||5||Team Suzuki Ecstar||+19.901|
|12||PETRUCCI Danilo||9||ITA||4||Pramac Racing||+24.432|
|13||REDDING Scott||45||GBR||3||Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS||+32.032|
|14||VINALES Maverick||25||SPA||2||Team Suzuki Ecstar||+33.463|
|15||BARBERA Hector||8||SPA||1||Avintia Racing||+33.625|
|16||BRADL Stefan||6||GER||0||Athina Forward Racing||+33.944|
|17||HAYDEN Nicky||69||USA||0||Aspar MotoGP Team||+38.970|
|18||LAVERTY Eugene||50||IRE||0||Aspar MotoGP Team||+46.570|
|19||DI MEGLIO Mike||63||FRA||0||Avintia Racing||+59.211|
|20||DE ANGELIS Alex||15||RSM||0||Athina Forward Racing||+1'14.981|
|21||MELANDRI Marco||33||ITA||0||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||+1'48.143|
|22||BAZ Loris||76||FRA||0||Athina Forward Racing||+3 laps|
|23||ABRAHAM Karel||17||CZE||0||AB Motoracing||+1 lap|
|24||MILLER Jack||43||AUS||0||CWM LCR Honda||+1 lap|
|25||BAUTISTA Alvaro||19||SPA||0||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||n/a|
From: Repsol Honda Team