Marc Marquez took 6th victory in Mugello, but this time Jorge Lorenzo made him look less invincible than in previous 5 occasions. Lorenzo was able to materialize second position on the grid into his trademark early race lead, but once again Marquez was right behind, waiting for his chance to strike. This time, however, Marquez had to put a lot of effort to keep the pace with Lorenzo, unable to easily overtake and run away, as we saw in previous races. Equal speed of two Spanish riders provided us with most spectacular race of the season, with duo exchanging in leading position numerous times and keeping crowd delighted. At the end, Marquez ended up in first position, but Lorenzo has proven his point - Marquez is not invincible.
Superstar Valentino Rossi was obviously not star of the race, killing that chance by qualifying in 10th place. It took just three laps and several brave overtaking maneuvers for Rossi to get into third position, less than a second behind Marquez. However, it seems that Rossi was missing one to two tenths per lap in his race pace to be able to get into the fight with race leaders. On one hand, decent result for Rossi, considering that he was not on podium on his home GP for last five years and that he can celebrate his 300th GP appearance with champagne. Result from Mugello is also a bit of reality blow for Rossi as he can now clearly see that crisis of his team-mate seems to be over, and to be able to fight with him, he still needs some extra speed.
Dani Pedrosa had another race to forget, still recovering from surgery and trying to find optimal set-up which would allow him to keep-up with leaders early in the race. On the other hand, Pol Espargaro got another solid result in 5th place as a best satellite bike. Andrea Dovizioso demonstrated reality of Ducati at their home track as he finished in 6th place, while Ianone again chosen attention-taking strategy by using soft tyres which allowed him to be in front early in the race, before grip went off and he started loosing places, finishing in 7th. Alvaro Bautista, Aleix Espargaro and Yonny Hernandez completed top 10 in sunny Mugello.