Marc Marquez takes a mighty win at Assen

The 70th Dutch TT at Assen will probably long be recalled by bike fans around the world as one of the best MotoGP races in the series’ history; the eight protagonists for a podium finish in today’s 26-lap battle will definitely remember it that way.

The fight began when the lights went off and only ended when the chequered flag established the top-3 riders who fought in the closest top-fifteen of all time.

By that point, Marc Marquez had finally pulled a two-second gap on the chasing group, but until around three laps from the end he had been fighting tooth-and-nail with Rins, Viñales, Dovizioso, Rossi, and Lorenzo, without a moment’s pause.

The World Champion ultimately prevailed over all his opponents to take his 65th career win and his 39th in MotoGP, extending his advantage in the world Standings to 41 over Valentino Rossi.

Dani Pedrosa struggled to find a good pace in the early phases and was unable to make up ground from his back-of-the grid start. Step by step, he improved his speed and ended the race in 15th place.

Marc Marquez

Winner

“It was a crazy race, full of adrenaline—this feeling is one of the reasons we do this sport! Yesterday, I was expecting something like this, but nothing like it actually was! We were a wild bunch, everyone fighting against everyone; I think all of us made contact with somebody else at some point. We had to attack and defend, attack and defend. We had so many ‘big moments’ and risked crashing. It was crazy! It was impossible to define the best strategy, impossible to make plans, so eventually I decided to just fight and see what we could do in the end. In the last three laps, I gave it everything, no matter the tyres, no matter the Championship. I had been trying to reduce the group because when you’re fighting for the title, you just want the fewest riders possible at the front, but it was difficult. Only when I saw I had more than one and a half seconds of advantage before the last lap did I think, Okay, we’ve got it, let’s just finish this lap. It was an important win and 25 very important points, but we need to keep going, keep pushing, and keep this same level.”

Dani Pedrosa

15th

“It’s been a very difficult weekend, including the race. We didn’t start well and couldn’t make any progress in the early laps. In the beginning I had the same feeling from practice but little by little I started to be faster and more comfortable, so I improved my pace in the end and was able to do some decent lap times. I still wasn’t fast enough in the final chicane, but at least in the end I was lapping better than during the rest of weekend. We must work and try to be faster in qualifying.”

 

Rider Standings (Limited to top 30 results)

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor
1 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA 140 Repsol Honda Team Honda
2 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA 99 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
3 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA 93 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
4 ZARCO Johann 5 FRA 81 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha
5 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA 79 Ducati Team Ducati
6 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR 79 LCR Honda Honda
7 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA 75 Ducati Team Ducati
8 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA 71 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati
9 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA 71 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki
10 MILLER Jack 43 AUS 55 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati
11 RINS Alex 42 SPA 53 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki
12 PEDROSA Dani 26 SPA 41 Repsol Honda Team Honda
13 BAUTISTA Alvaro 19 SPA 33 Angel Nieto Team Ducati
14 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA 32 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
15 RABAT Tito 53 SPA 27 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati
16 MORBIDELLI Franco 21 ITA 19 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda
17 SYAHRIN Hafizh 55 MAL 17 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha
18 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA 16 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
19 REDDING Scott 45 GBR 11 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
20 NAKAGAMI Takaaki 30 JPN 10 LCR Honda Honda
21 SMITH Bradley 38 GBR 7 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
22 KALLIO Mika 36 FIN 6 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
23 ABRAHAM Karel 17 CZE 4 Angel Nieto Team Ducati

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