The race was nearly scuttled when Jorge Lorenzo totally brain-faded the start and jumped the start--by a big margin. Lorenzo jumped while the lights were still red. He was given a ride-thru penalty and was out of the race for the podium.
Cal Crutchlow ran near the front but pitted for a new rear tire and then crashed out with suspected hand injuries.
Yamaha's Valentino Rossi ran near the front then began to lose time with front end issues. He finished eighth, forty-five seconds back.
Marquez led every lap and while he almost crashed in the final corner on the final lap he still maintained a five second margin of victory.
Stefan Bradl and Bradley Smith both had shots at a podium finish after Lorenzo was out of the race at the front but they were passed by Dovizioso for third and were unable to pass him back.
Pramac Ducati rider Andrea Iannone ran in third place for much of the race but drifted back as the laps of the race went by and finished seventh.
Bautista crashed out early in the race, unhurt.
Colin Edwards II retired from the race after running in the top fifteen.
Scott Redding crashed out of the race unhurt.
Nick Hayden was the first "customer" Honda rider.
Jorge Lorenzo, through hard laps and attrition, finished in tenth place. With the first M1 in fifth place there are those who will say this was a disaster event for Yamaha.