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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. Rider Num Nation Points Team Time/Gap
1 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA 25 Repsol Honda Team 41’13.863
2 RINS Alex 42 SPA 20 Team Suzuki Ecstar 2.269
3 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA 16 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 2.308
4 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA 13 Ducati Team 2.422
5 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA 11 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 2.963
6 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR 10 LCR Honda 3.876
7 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA 9 Ducati Team 4.462
8 ZARCO Johann 5 FRA 8 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 7.001
9 BAUTISTA Alvaro 19 SPA 7 Angel Nieto Team 7.541
10 MILLER Jack 43 AUS 6 Alma Pramac Racing 13.056
11 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA 5 Team Suzuki Ecstar 14.255
12 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA 4 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 15.876
13 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA 3 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 15.986
14 REDDING Scott 45 GBR 2 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 16.019
15 PEDROSA Dani 26 SPA 1 Repsol Honda Team 16.043
16 RABAT Tito 53 SPA 0 Reale Avintia Racing 16.416
17 SMITH Bradley 38 GBR 0 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 29.073
18 SYAHRIN Hafizh 55 MAL 0 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 33.824
19 NAKAGAMI Takaaki 30 JPN 0 LCR Honda 34.037
20 LUTHI Tom 12 SWI 0 EG 0,0 Marc VDS 47.853
21 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA 0 Alma Pramac Racing 9 laps
22 SIMEON Xavier 10 BEL 0 Reale Avintia Racing 9 laps
23 ABRAHAM Karel 17 CZE 0 Angel Nieto Team 15 laps

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