Valentino Rossi, Fiat Yamaha YZR-M1
Rossi struggled during qualifying until the team switched to the soft tyre and suddenly he found the speed to grab pole.
He did his usual slow start, but after Lorenzo fell off in front of him, we relaxed, thinking all he had to do was keep Dovizioso's Honda behind him. But no, he fell at Goddards, handing the win to the Honda. Getting back on, he rescued 5th place thus increasing his tead over Lorenzo and Stoner.