Stefan Bradl crashed in the warm up session but had made a good start and was circulating until Cal Crutchlow crashed out and his spinning Ducati collected the German and his Honda, knocking him to the ground.
Lorenzo made the holeshot and bumped his way through turn one to lead the race. Lorenzo tried to make a break but Marquez stalked him and by half distance an epic--for the ages--duel between the two for the win ensued, at 215 mph. Marquez had made a change in gearing so he could better use the draft and it worked.
Marquez was having major issues with the front tire--he had several lurid triple digit slides as the race went on. Marquez made his first real pass for the lead with seven to go.
On the final lap Lorenzo was unable to get past Marquez and maintained a small margin to the checkered flag. His margin of victory: .121. This was Marquez's 38th GP win.
Lorenzo said that his bike and body felt great but his bike needs more top speed if he is to win races.
Rossi led a lonely race for third. After the race his fans invaded the track and a party ensued. "This is a great day for MotoGP," Rossi said. It was an amazing recovery for Rossi after a sluggish qualifying performance.
Bradley Smith crashed out early in the race. Colin Edwards II finished in fifteenth.
Six wins in a row in '13 for Marquez.