So there go some more records that used to belong to Messrs Hailwood, Doohan, Agostini and Stoner. Marc Marquez made it five in a row from pole position in a way which will only discourage the opposition even more. Well, all but one of them.
Valentino Rossi did manage to give Marquez a race, after the young maestro didn't make a great start and ran off track early on putting him back to tenth. Rossi tried to take advantage, moving to the front and opening up a small lead. With astonishing calmness Marquez worked his way through the field. Seventh after three laps; fourth after seven; and third after ten. A lap later he was past Pol Espargaro, busy backing up a superb qualifying performance, and into second. Rossi, in his own words, then made it easy for Marc by running wide at a downhill right and gifting him the lead. Game over. Rossi didn't claim he'd have won, just that he would have made life a little more difficult for Marquez. As Mugello is next, and it will be Vale's 300th GP, I suspect he is saving up some serious difficulties for then.
Both men appeared genuinely pleased to see each other on the rostrum, and third placed Alvaro Bautista was a happy man too. It was his first rostrum in eighteen months and perfectly timed to make those of us who reckon he might be unemployed at the end of the year reconsider.