MotoGP began with Zarco leading Rossi and Marquez very close behind. Zarco and Rossi started getting close, and the pair made contact just after Rossi took the lead. After the race, Rossi even joked that he will be sending Zarco the invoice for a new suit! Straight away Rossi started to take off and got the lead up 1st leaving behind Petrucci in 2nd and Marquez in 3rd with Dovizioso pushing trying to get important championship points.

Viñales started from 11th and managed to make his way up to 7th , but he crashed out early on meaning no points and no championship lead, as his crash handed it to Dovizioso, leaving his team mate Rossi only 3 points behind.

With 8 laps remaining the rain started to fall and the riders were given the option to come into pit lane and change onto wets, with Zarco being the first to come in, taking a huge gamble which sadly did not pay off for him as he also ended up with a ride-though penalty for exceeding pit lane speed limits. Rins and Barbera also came in to change, as did Lorenzo.

Ultimately, Rossi took the win making it his 10th win at Assen and his first win since Barcelona 2016 ahead of Petrucci who was able to make use of his 3rd place qualifying. Rounding out the podium was Marquez, who gained important points and moved up to 4th in the championship.

MotoGP Results (top 5):

  1. Valentino Rossi, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP – 41:41.149

  2. Danilo Petrucci, OCTO Pramac Racing + 0.063

  3. Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda + 5.201

  4. Cal Crutchlow, LCR Honda + 5.234

  5. Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati Team + 5.327

In Moto2 it started with the top 10 all being close and in the podium fight but midway through the race, the leading pack of Nakagami, Pasini, Morbidelli and Luthi started to break away with all of them putting up incredible fights. Pasini was running a strong pace and riding aggressively, but started to fall back. He didn’t let it get to him because straight away he was back fighting with the front runners.

The last lap battle for 1st was between Morbidelli and Luthi with Pasini giving his all and crossing the line in 3rd . Unfortunately for Pasini, he was penalised for cutting the final chicane, and 3rd was handed to Nakagami.

Moto2 Results (top 5):

  1. Franco Morbidelli, EG 0,0 Marc VDS – 39:39.120

  2. Thomas Luthi, CarXpert Interwetten + 0.158

  3. Takaaki Nakagami, IDEMITSHU Honda Team Asia + 0.630

  4. Mattia Pasini, Italtrans Racing Team + 0.394

  5. Miguel Oliveira, Red Bull KTM Ajo + 0.657

In Moto3 it was Martín who got off to a good start and led the first laps with Bendsneyder behind along with Fenati. It was a strong battle between them, with Martín making a few too many mistakes and falling to the back of the leading group more than once but it was Canet in the second group that managed to hold on and eventually make his way to the front to win the race, showing incredible race craft.

Unfortunately, Bendsneyder got clipped by another rider on the last lap only seconds from the line and crashed, both him and his bike crossing the line in 10th but it was later declared that he was disqualified as he needed to cross the line in contact with the bike.

Moto3 Results (top 5):

  1. Aron Canet, Estrella Galicia 0,0 – 38:20.364

  2. Romano Fenati, Marinelli Rivacold Snipers + 0.035

  3. John McPhee, British Talent Team + 0.117

  4. Jorge Martín, Del Conca Gresini Moto3 + 0.310

  5. Jules Danilo, Marinelli Rivacold Snipers + 0.532

 

For full race results you can see at http://www.motogp.com/en/Results+Statistics/

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