Valentino Rossi has seen off the efforts of Marc Marquez to win the Catalan MotoGP in Barcelona.
The Italian withstood intense pressure in the final laps from Marquez, even briefly losing the lead, before making a decisive move on the penultimate lap.
Passing Marquez into the first corner, Rossi immediately drew a gap, heaping pressure on the Honda rider who promptly made a mistake.
It provided Rossi all the advantage he needed, leading the race to the flag to record his tenth win around the Barcelona circuit.
Second place for Marquez though was still enough to claim the championship lead after Jorge Lorenzo crashed out on Lap 17.
The Yamaha rider’s day came to an end when Andrea Inannone misjudged his braking into Turn 10, collecting Lorenzo in the process.
The two were instant retirements and with Marquez and Rossi out front made for an easy ride to the flag for Dani Pedrosa in third.
Maverick Vinales claimed fourth for Suzuki with Andrea Dovizioso the leading Ducati contender in seventh place.
Jack Miller crossed the line eleventh but was promoted to tenth when Hector Barbera was penalised for an illegal move on the final lap.
Marquez now holds a ten point margin over Lorenzo in the championship ahead of the Dutch TT later this month.
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