The 23-lap race was run on a damp but drying track with riders using slick tyres despite a couple of patches of standing water. Making his 100th Grand Prix start Márquez settled in fifth place on the opening lap but then lost valuable time when he was squeezed wide by Miguel Oliveira. With four laps remaining Márquez was pushing for a podium challenge when he made a small mistake in a braking duel with Lorenzo Baldassarri who eventually finished fourth.
The next race is the Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin, Texas on April 22
“It was not an easy race in these conditions. My main problem early in the race was the bump with Oliveira and I lost contact with the front group. I pushed hard to try and challenge for the podium in the final laps but I had overheated my rear tyre and it was spinning too much. Then I ran wide on the brakes so fifth place today is the best we could do. It was a good but not perfect race“.