An incredible charge through the field from Marc Marquez at the Dutch TT delivered seventh from 20th on the grid as Pol Espargaro clinches another top-ten.

Round nine of the 2021 MotoGP World Championship was held under clear skies at the historic TT Circuit Assen, the Repsol Honda Team lining up on the grid as they prepared for an uphill challenge. The morning started well with both Marc Marquez and Pol Espargaro finishing the morning Warm Up in the top ten and displaying promising pace. Early fears of rain soon vanished as the grid formed up for the 26-lap Grand Prix later in the day.

Marc Marquez was unstoppable off the line as he jumped up the order when the lights went out, ending lap one in 12th after starting down in 20th on the grid. Within just three laps Marquez had made up a total of ten positions as he attached himself to the group at the front and settled in for the race. Consistent pace and mistakes ahead moved Marquez up the order until the second half of the race when he began to attack and slid past Aleix Espargaro for seventh. Their battle would reignite in the closing laps, the Honda RC213V gaining the advantage on the final lap. His charge through the field would leave Marquez with a seventh-place finish after starting in 20th, making up 13 places over the course of the race – a strong finish after his hard fall on Friday.

A frantic start to the race put Pol Espargaro on the defensive in the opening lap, battling to keep his position in the front group. Working to stay with his fast-starting team-mate, Espargaro held his own in the fight behind and sat in 11th for the majority of the race. Crossing the line in tenth place, Espargaro now holds 41 World Championship points as he enters the summer break. Saturday remains a critical point for Espargaro, delivering in Qualifying the key focus after the break.

Takaaki Nakagami produced a thrilling race aboard the Honda RC213V of the LCR Team, fighting for the podium throughout the early parts of the race with Viñales and Bagnaia. Nakagami would eventually cross the line in ninth place.

The MotoGP World Championship will now enjoy the mid-season summer break, returning to action at the Styrian Grand Prix on August 08. For the Repsol Honda Team it offers a chance to regroup and attack the second half of the season after a difficult start to 2021.

Marc Marquez

7th

“I am very happy today, sure if you check the result and see seventh it’s not too impressive but when you start from 20th on the grid, it’s not too bad. I was pushing a lot in the opening lap and I was up to 12th. Then I made a mistake in the middle of the race and lost contact with the front group. From then I just focused on coming back and I was able to ride well until the end with a nice battle with Aleix Espargaro in the last laps as well. I was destroyed physically so could not challenge Pecco more. When I came back to the box I said thanks to the team and Honda because after Friday’s crash, they gave me the confidence again by changing some parameters with the TC and I was able to ride well. The potential of the bike was a podium if we had started in the front. Now for the summer break, time to rest and recover and come back stronger for the second half of the season.”

Pol Espargaro

10th

“I knew it would be a difficult race, I am still unable to overtake at the start of the race with a full tank of fuel. If I am alone, I can run with a good pace, like in Warm Up, but as soon as I am in trouble with other riders around – I am too defensive and I stop riding how I want to and I make mistakes. Again, we need to improve our Saturday to be in a better position for Sunday so we are not starting behind. The job for after the summer break is to improve Qualifying, but now we head to the break. The start of the season hasn’t been how I wanted so I am looking forward to this time to rest and reset.”

MotoGP 2021
Race Round 9   Assen

Assen TT

Dry
Humidity
68%
Track Temp
34°C
Air Temp
24°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA 25 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 40'35.031
2 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA 20 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 2.757
3 Mir Joan 36 SPA 16 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 5.760
4 Zarco Johann 5 FRA 13 Pramac Racing Ducati 6.130
5 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR 11 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 8.402
6 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA 10 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 10.035
7 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 9 Repsol Honda Team Honda 10.110
8 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 8 Aprilia Racing Aprilia 10.346
9 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN 7 LCR Honda Honda 12.225
10 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 6 Repsol Honda Team Honda 18.565
11 Rins Alex 42 SPA 5 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 21.375
12 Binder Brad 33 RSA 4 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 21.676
13 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA 3 Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 27.783
14 Marquez Alex 73 SPA 2 LCR Honda Honda 29.772
15 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA 1 Avintia Esponsorama Ducati 32.785
16 Savadori Lorenzo 32 ITA 0 Aprilia Racing Aprilia 37.573
17 Gerloff Garett 31 USA 0 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 53.213
18 Marini Luca 10 ITA 0 SKY VR46 Avintia Ducati 1'06.791
19 Lecuona Iker 27 SPA 0 Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM DNF
20 Miller Jack 43 AUS 0 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati DNF
21 Martin Jorge 89 SPA 0 Pramac Racing Ducati DNF
22 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA 0 Petronas Yamaha SRT 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

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Records

Pole Position 1m 31.814s (178.0km/h) Maverick Viñales (Yamaha, 2021)
Race Lap 1m 32.869s (176.0km/h) Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha, 2021)
Race Time 40m 35.031s (174.5km/h) Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha, 2021)
2021 Race Winner Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha)