Well that was a pretty good start to the season, great to see Rossi back and looking competitive but also a great performance from defending MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo who produced a dominant performance to win the opening race of the season. The Spaniard led from pole position and opened up a sizeable gap to win his 24th MotoGP victory .

Behind him a four-man battle for the podium ended with Valentino Rossi taking second on his return for Yamaha. Debutant Marc Marquez was just edged into third, with team-mate Dani Pedrosa fourth and Briton Cal Crutchlow fifth. Lorenzo rode a flawless race to win by nearly six seconds, but it was the performance of seven-time champion Rossi in second which will dominate the headlines.

After two disastrous years in the Ducati team, the 34-year-old was back to his duelling best to come from way back in fifth with 10 laps to go to take his place on the podium. An early mistake, with Rossi lunging wildly up the inside of Spain's Pedrosa and ending up off the track, left the Italian in seventh place but he soon made his way back through to fifth.

So a great start to the season, let's hope Lorenzo doesn't run away with it from here and we see yet more good performances from Crutchlow!