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Marquez takes a mighty win at Assen

One of the best MotoGP races ever
Sunday, July 1, 2018

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Marc Marquez
Marc Marquez wins in race that saw 100+ overtakes

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 checkered 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, Vinales, 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.

Marquez took the holeshot from pole, with Crutchlow initially on his tail from second on the grid until Lorenzo sliced through from tenth to P2 after another awe-inspiring launch. The Italian and Catalan GP winner didn’t wait long to strike for the lead either, attacking Marquez and the two side-by-side in a war of wills until Lorenzo edged ahead. Marquez hit back a lap later at Turn 15, before Lorenzo repaid the favor once more. The duel was the first of many; an early taste of what was to come.

Rossi then made his first attack of the race at the final chicane, a first rehearsal, and set off after Lorenzo – with the Spaniard then suffering a moment soon after and Rossi smashing into the rear of the Ducati, unable to avoid him. But both stayed on and both stayed ahead, with Marquez, Dovizioso, Rins, Crutchlow and Vinales forming a train of riders fighting at the front.

Marquez took Rossi, Vinales took Crutchlow, Dovizioso took Rossi, Dovizioso took Marquez, Marquez struck back, Rins took Rossi and then Dovizioso…but Lorenzo held firm at the front. With eight riders within a second, from Lorenzo down to Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) at the back of the train, the touch paper was well and truly lit on an absolute classic.

The war continued before another bout of bigger drama with 15 laps to go as Rins attacked Marquez and the two were only a hair’s breadth apart – no contact, but the reigning Champion suffered a big moment as he got back on the gas. That dropped him back off the lead, with Lorenzo chased by Rins and Dovizioso.

The Italian dueled his teammate for the lead soon after and Lorenzo began to drop back slightly, with Vinales then taking the lead for the first time with eight to go. Next time around Marquez had sliced back through into the lead, before the next lap saw both almost throw it all away as they dueled and both headed wide. Rossi took over – another stunner from the ‘Doctor’ at the final chicane – but ‘DesmoDovi’ took him back.

Rossi presses Marquez hard
Rossi presses Marquez hard

Four wide at times, Marquez made his way back into P1…and that was all she wrote, for the lead at least. After one of the closest, most spectacular races in the history of the world’s oldest motorsport Championship, the reigning Champion was able to pull clear to take a stunning fourth win of the year – and increase his points lead.

The battle behind wasn’t over, however, and Vinales had pushed through to second before a last lap attack from Rins – with the Suzuki rider taking his second ever premier class rostrum. Vinales was forced to settle for third but back on the podium for the first time since Texas…and the fight for fourth showed why Rossi had been rehearsing.

The ‘Doctor’ left it late but lunged up the inside of Dovizioso into the famous Geert Timmer chicane on the final lap, and he was ahead – but ‘DesmoDovi’ took him back on the exit, getting such a good exit that the number 04 was almost on a par with Vinales over the line.

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Marquez, Rins, Vinales, Dovizioso and Rossi were followed home by Crutchlow and Lorenzo, with Zarco, Alvaro Bautista (Angel Nieto Team) and Jack Miller (Alma Pramac Racing) completing the top ten in one of the greatest races contested on two wheels.

Winner's Quote - Marc Marquez

“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 tires, 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.”

 

Race Classification

Pos.

Rider

Num

Nation

Points

Team

Constructor

Time/Gap

1

Marquez Marc

93

SPA

25

Repsol Honda Team

Honda

41'13.863

2

Rins Alex

42

SPA

20

Team Suzuki Ecstar

Suzuki

2.269

3

Vinales Maverick

25

SPA

16

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

Yamaha

2.308

4

Dovizioso Andrea

4

ITA

13

Ducati Team

Ducati

2.422

5

Rossi Valentino

46

ITA

11

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

Yamaha

2.963

6

Crutchlow Cal

35

GBR

10

LCR Honda

Honda

3.876

7

Lorenzo Jorge

99

SPA

9

Ducati Team

Ducati

4.462

8

Zarco Johann

5

FRA

8

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

Yamaha

7.001

9

Bautista Alvaro

19

SPA

7

Angel Nieto Team

Ducati

7.541

10

Miller Jack

43

AUS

6

Alma Pramac Racing

Ducati

13.056

11

Iannone Andrea

29

ITA

5

Team Suzuki Ecstar

Suzuki

14.255

12

Espargaro Pol

44

SPA

4

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

KTM

15.876

13

Espargaro Aleix

41

SPA

3

Aprilia Racing Team Gresini

Aprilia

15.986

14

Redding Scott

45

GBR

2

Aprilia Racing Team Gresini

Aprilia

16.019

15

Pedrosa Dani

26

SPA

1

Repsol Honda Team

Honda

16.043

16

Rabat Tito

53

SPA

0

Reale Avintia Racing

Ducati

16.416

17

Smith Bradley

38

GBR

0

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

KTM

29.073

18

Syahrin Hafizh

55

MAL

0

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

Yamaha

33.824

19

Nakagami Takaaki

30

JPN

0

LCR Honda

Honda

34.037

20

Luthi Tom

12

SWI

0

EG 0,0 Marc VDS

Honda

47.853

21

Petrucci Danilo

9

ITA

0

Alma Pramac Racing

Ducati

9 laps

22

Simeon Xavier

10

BEL

0

Reale Avintia Racing

Ducati

9 laps

23

Abraham Karel

17

CZE

0

Angel Nieto Team

Ducati

15 laps

 


 

Rider Standings

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

 


 

Team Standings

Pos.

Team

Points

1

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

192

2

Repsol Honda Team

181

3

Ducati Team

154

4

Alma Pramac Racing

126

5

Team Suzuki Ecstar

124

6

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

98

7

LCR Honda

89

8

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

39

9

Angel Nieto Team

37

10

Reale Avintia Racing

27

11

Aprilia Racing Team Gresini

27

12

EG 0,0 Marc VDS

19

 
 

Constructor Standings

Pos.

Team

Points

1

Honda

175

2

Ducati

145

3

Yamaha

140

4

Suzuki

100

5

KTM

33

6

Aprilia

25

 

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