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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 65thcareer 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.

rossi-marquez-lorenzoMarc 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.”

 

Race Classification

Pos.RiderNumNationPointsTeamTime/Gap
1MARQUEZ Marc93SPA25Repsol Honda Team41’13.863
2RINS Alex42SPA20Team Suzuki Ecstar2.269
3VINALES Maverick25SPA16Movistar Yamaha MotoGP2.308
4DOVIZIOSO Andrea4ITA13Ducati Team2.422
5ROSSI Valentino46ITA11Movistar Yamaha MotoGP2.963
6CRUTCHLOW Cal35GBR10LCR Honda3.876
7LORENZO Jorge99SPA9Ducati Team4.462
8ZARCO Johann5FRA8Monster Yamaha Tech 37.001
9BAUTISTA Alvaro19SPA7Angel Nieto Team7.541
10MILLER Jack43AUS6Alma Pramac Racing13.056
11IANNONE Andrea29ITA5Team Suzuki Ecstar14.255
12ESPARGARO Pol44SPA4Red Bull KTM Factory Racing15.876
13ESPARGARO Aleix41SPA3Aprilia Racing Team Gresini15.986
14REDDING Scott45GBR2Aprilia Racing Team Gresini16.019
15PEDROSA Dani26SPA1Repsol Honda Team16.043
16RABAT Tito53SPA0Reale Avintia Racing16.416
17SMITH Bradley38GBR0Red Bull KTM Factory Racing29.073
18SYAHRIN Hafizh55MAL0Monster Yamaha Tech 333.824
19NAKAGAMI Takaaki30JPN0LCR Honda34.037
20LUTHI Tom12SWI0EG 0,0 Marc VDS47.853
21PETRUCCI Danilo9ITA0Alma Pramac Racing9 laps
22SIMEON Xavier10BEL0Reale Avintia Racing9 laps
23ABRAHAM Karel17CZE0Angel Nieto Team15 laps
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