Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez has taken his eighth win from eight races, continuing his flawless run in 2014, and has become the youngest rider to win eight successive premier class races (21 years 131 days), taking the record from Mike Hailwood (24 years and 71 days) who won the eighth of a 12-race winning sequence in 1964. Marc’s teammate, Dani Pedrosa, had a fantastic battle with Aleix Espargaro and took third place on the podium, alongside Andrea Dovizioso.

In true Assen style, the weather played a key part in today’s twenty-six lap race. As the riders left their garages for the starting grid, rain arrived and forced a delay to proceedings. Whilst some riders remained on the grid, both Marc and Dani returned to the garage to evaluate the best course of action and to decide if they should start on slicks or wet tyres. Both selected wet tyres and the race got underway at 14h20 local time.

Marc held his position from the start, and enjoyed an early battle with Dovizioso on the first lap, passing each other five times before passing him for the lead. Dani slipped down to fourth behind Aleix Espargargo as a fantastic battle began to develop. The track began to dry quickly with a dry line emerging and on lap six most of the front runners chose to enter the pits to swap bikes for the dry set-up on slicks. They filtered back on track and began to rediscover their rhythm but Marc made a small mistake on lap eight and Dovizioso passed him to take the lead. Dani was tucked in behind Espargaro and on lap nine they passed each other a few times but Dani wasn’t able to complete the pass. On lap twelve rain flags were shown again and the bikes with wet set-up were prepared in the pit lane. Thankfully the weather held off and didn’t worsen, enabling the Repsol Honda riders to continue their chase.

Dani briefly passed Espargaro on lap sixteen but was again passed back and Marc passed Dovizioso on the final turn and began to push, setting a fastest race lap (lap nineteen). Meanwhile Dani managed to pass Espargaro on lap eighteen and built himself a comfortable gap to take the final spot on the podium – his 90th podium in MotoGP.

Marc has now won in every class at Assen – MotoGP (2014), Moto 2 (2012 and 2011) and 125cc (2010) – and he celebrates this eighth win in a row with his brother, Alex, who also won on his Honda in the Moto3 class earlier today. He now has a perfect 200 points from 200 and leads the Championship by 72 points over Rossi. Dani is in third place but equal on points with Rossi (128).

Marc Marquez

"It was a tough day because this was a race where I could have lost many points, but we were still able to extend our lead in the Championship so I'm very pleased with how it has gone and how we dealt with the flag-to-flag. It was our first experience of a race like this, with both wet and dry conditions, and we even had a little scare after the bike change. We are very happy with this victory and to have got a very important 25 points on a weekend we had circled on the calendar.”

Dani Pedrosa

"It was a very difficult race and was even a bit chaotic at first, when it came to having to decide which tyres to put on the bike. I kept a cool head and chose the option of wets, because at first the track was a little damp. I should have pushed more in the opening laps - but I chose not to incase it rained again - as the track began to dry out. The rain didn’t come and I had a good fight with Aleix for the podium in the dry. I am happy to have taken the rostrum finish, because you never know how races like today’s might go, but this one went well for us and we are now focusing on doing a good job in Germany.”

MotoGP 2014
Race Round 8   Assen

Results Session

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 25 Repsol Honda Team Honda 43'29.954
2 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA 20 Ducati Team Ducati +6.714
3 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA 16 Repsol Honda Team Honda +10.791
4 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 13 Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha +19.199
5 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA 11 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +25.813
6 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA 10 Pramac Racing Ducati +29.003
7 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 9 Go & Fun Honda Gresini Honda +30.882
8 Smith Bradley 38 GBR 8 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +30.985
9 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR 7 Ducati Team Ducati +44.031
10 Bradl Stefan 6 GER 6 LCR Honda MotoGP Honda +48.662
11 Parkes Broc 23 AUS 5 Paul Bird Motorsport PBM +51.863
12 Redding Scott 45 GBR 4 Go & Fun Honda Gresini Honda +1'00.329
13 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA 3 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +1'04.641
14 Abraham Karel 17 CZE 2 AB Motoracing Honda +1'05.980
15 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA 1 Octo IodaRacing Team ART +1'17.611
16 Aoyama Hiroshi 7 JPN 0 Aspar Team Honda +1'19.753
18 Barbera Hector 8 SPA 0 Ducati Team Ducati +1'28.142
19 Hernandez Yonny 68 COL 0 Pramac Racing Ducati 1 lap
20 Di Meglio Mike 63 FRA 0 Avintia Racing Avintia 1 lap
21 Laverty Michael 70 GBR 0 Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 1 lap
22 Edwards Colin 5 USA 0 Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 3 laps
23 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 0 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha DNF
Location Information

Assen is the only venue to have held a round of the Motorcycle World Championship every year since its creation in 1949. The circuit was purpose built for the Dutch TT in 1955, with previous events having been held on public roads. The track is narrow, with rapid changes in… read more.

Length 4.542 kilometres / 2.822 miles
Width 14 metres
Left corners 6
Right corners 12
Longest straight 0.487 kilometres / 0.303 miles
Constructed 1955
Modified 2012

TT Circuit Assen, De Haar, Assen, The Netherlands - View in Google Maps

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Records

Pole Position 1m 32.627s (176.5km/h) Valentino Rossi (Yamaha, 2015)
Race Lap 1m 33.617s (174.6km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2015)
Race Time 40m 54.037s (173.2km/h) Valentino Rossi (Yamaha, 2015)
2017 Race Winner Valentino Rossi (Yamaha)