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 chequered 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, Viñales, 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.
Dani Pedrosa struggled to find a good pace in the early phases and was unable to make up ground from his back-of-the grid start. Step by step, he improved his speed and ended the race in 15th place.
|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||Mission Winnow Ducati||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||Mission Winnow Ducati||Ducati||4.462|
|8||Zarco Johann||5||FRA||8||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||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|
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|
|Longest straight||0.487 kilometres / 0.303 miles|
TT Circuit Assen, De Haar, Assen, The Netherlands - View in Google Maps
|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)|
|2018 Race Winner||Marc Marquez (Honda)|