Assen MotoGP: Marc Marquez wins thrilling Dutch TT

Marc Marquez claimed his fourth victory of the MotoGP season in an epic Dutch TT at Assen, making a late break from a frenetic six-way scrap

Assen MotoGP: Marc Marquez wins thrilling Dutch TT

Honda rider Marquez's winning margin of 2.269 seconds did not do justice to how close the race was for almost all of its 26-lap distance, with the reigning champion only taking the lead definitively with four laps to go.

Jorge Lorenzo led the opening half of the race after a sensational getaway from 10th on the grid to exit the Strubben in second behind poleman Marquez.

He then passed the Honda later on the opening tour, helped by his unorthodox soft front tyre selection.

Lorenzo held the lead while Marquez became embroiled in battle with Valentino Rossi, Andrea Dovizioso, Alex Rins and later Maverick Vinales for second place, although Lorenzo was never able to extend his gap at the head of the field by more than a few tenths.

At one stage Lorenzo was rear-ended by Rossi approaching the final chicane, an incident that both riders somehow survived without losing places.

Rins briefly grabbed second after muscling Marquez wide exiting the Strubben at half-distance, a move he was investigated but not penalised for, with Marquez repaying the favour two laps later.

Moments prior, Dovizioso moved up to second and then passed Ducati team-mate Lorenzo to lead on lap 15, the Italian holding the advantage until a resurgent Vinales passed him four laps later.

Immediately, Vinales suffered a moment that brought Marquez and Dovizioso on to his tail, before Marquez grabbed the lead for the first time since the opening stages with six laps left.

The following lap, Marquez and Vinales both ran wide at Turn 9 debating the top spot and allowed Dovizioso and Rossi into the top two places, with Rossi momentarily leading after passing Dovizioso into the last chicane.

Rossi's spell at the front of the field was shortlived and by the time the field came through the Strubben on lap 22 Marquez was back ahead and into a lead he wouldn't relinquish.

Behind, a titanic scrap for second was ultimately won by Suzuki man Rins - who managed to overcome Vinales on the final lap to secure his best-ever MotoGP finish by just 0.039s.

Dovizioso dropped to fourth on the penultimate lap and fell just a tenth short of making it back on to the podium, while Rossi was ruled out of victory contention when he ran wide at Turn 1 on the same lap - dropping to sixth but managing to get back bast Cal Crutchlow for fifth place.

Lorenzo faded to seventh place in the closing stages, losing contact with the leading group, and was followed home by Johann Zarco and Alvaro Bautista.

The second Suzuki of Andrea Iannone was never a factor and finished 10th on the road, which became 11th behind the Pramac Ducati of Jack Miller after a two-second penalty for corner-cutting was applied.

Completing the scorers were Pol Espargaro (KTM), Aprilia pair Aleix Espargaro and Scott Redding and the second works Honda of Dani Pedrosa.

Danilo Petrucci was the sole crasher, although satellite Ducati men Karel Abraham and Xavier Simeon also both failed to go the distance.

Race result

Pos Rider Team Bike Laps Gap
1 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 26 41m13.863s
2 Alex Rins Suzuki Suzuki 26 2.269s
3 Maverick Vinales Yamaha Yamaha 26 2.308s
4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 26 2.422s
5 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 26 2.963s
6 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda Honda 26 3.876s
7 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati Ducati 26 4.462s
8 Johann Zarco Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 26 7.001s
9 Alvaro Bautista Aspar Ducati Ducati 26 7.541s
10 Jack Miller Pramac Ducati Ducati 26 13.056s
11 Andrea Iannone Suzuki Suzuki 26 14.255s
12 Pol Espargaro KTM KTM 26 15.876s
13 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Aprilia 26 15.986s
14 Scott Redding Aprilia Aprilia 26 16.019s
15 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 26 16.043s
16 Tito Rabat Avintia Ducati Ducati 26 16.416s
17 Bradley Smith KTM KTM 26 29.073s
18 Hafizh Syahrin Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 26 33.824s
19 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda Honda 26 34.037s
20 Thomas Luthi MVDS Honda Honda 26 47.853s
- Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati Ducati 17 Retirement
- Xavier Simeon Avintia Ducati Ducati 17 Retirement
- Karel Abraham Aspar Ducati Ducati 11 Retirement
- Franco Morbidelli MVDS Honda Honda 0 Withdrawn

Riders' standings

Pos Rider Points
1 Marc Marquez 140
2 Valentino Rossi 99
3 Maverick Vinales 93
4 Johann Zarco 81
5 Andrea Dovizioso 79
6 Cal Crutchlow 79
7 Jorge Lorenzo 75
8 Danilo Petrucci 71
9 Andrea Iannone 71
10 Jack Miller 55
11 Alex Rins 53
12 Dani Pedrosa 41
13 Alvaro Bautista 33
14 Pol Espargaro 32
15 Tito Rabat 27
16 Franco Morbidelli 19
17 Hafizh Syahrin 17
18 Aleix Espargaro 16
19 Scott Redding 11
20 Takaaki Nakagami 10
21 Bradley Smith 7
22 Mika Kallio 6
23 Karel Abraham 4
24 Thomas Luthi 0
25 Xavier Simeon 0


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