The Yamaha duo was made perfect start, but both are struggled in the long straight, after the opening first long straight, Rossi push back into the sixth by Ducati ace Andrea Dovizioso and Honda rider Dani Pedrosa.
Next DNF happened at turn One — Pedrosa steamed into T1 and, when it became apparent he was not making the corner, lost the front control and careered into the side of the Italian. Pedrosa checked on Dovizioso, who appeared to be shaken up by the unsighted hit, before continuing at the back of the field and promptly retired in the pits nine laps from home.
The drama continued at turn one on the very next lap as Britain’s Cal Crutchlow dropped his LCR Honda while following his compatriot Scott Redding. The Isle of Man resident quickly jumped to his feet to chase his stray bike in similar scenes to that of Argentina where he also dropped it, only to see Bradley Smith’s Tech3 Yamaha came rifling past him and nearly collect his feet after the 25-year-old followed suit in crashing at turn one. Both men sprinted to their bikes simultaneous, with Crutchlow incredibly lucky not to be collected by Smith’s Yamaha, and the pair continued albeit way down the order.
The Spaniard secured his second win of the season at the Grand Prix of the Americas, after starting from pole position. He moves well ahead of the rest of the pack in the championship standings with 66 points, with Lorenzo leapfrogging both Rossi and Pedrosa into second to trail Marquez by 23 points on a total of 43. Rossi drops to third and remains on 33 points ahead of Pedrosa, who sits six points further behind.