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.

Marc Marquez

Winner

“It was a crazy race, full of adrenaline—this feeling is one of the reasons we do this sport! Yesterday, I was expecting something like this, but nothing like it actually was! We were a wild bunch, everyone fighting against everyone; I think all of us made contact with somebody else at some point. We had to attack and defend, attack and defend. We had so many ‘big moments’ and risked crashing. It was crazy! It was impossible to define the best strategy, impossible to make plans, so eventually I decided to just fight and see what we could do in the end. In the last three laps, I gave it everything, no matter the tyres, no matter the Championship. I had been trying to reduce the group because when you’re fighting for the title, you just want the fewest riders possible at the front, but it was difficult. Only when I saw I had more than one and a half seconds of advantage before the last lap did I think, Okay, we’ve got it, let’s just finish this lap. It was an important win and 25 very important points, but we need to keep going, keep pushing, and keep this same level.”

Dani Pedrosa

15th

“It’s been a very difficult weekend, including the race. We didn’t start well and couldn’t make any progress in the early laps. In the beginning I had the same feeling from practice but little by little I started to be faster and more comfortable, so I improved my pace in the end and was able to do some decent lap times. I still wasn’t fast enough in the final chicane, but at least in the end I was lapping better than during the rest of weekend. We must work and try to be faster in qualifying.”

MotoGP 2018
Race Round 8   Assen

Race Classification

Sunny
Humidity
32%
Track Temp
40°C
Air Temp
23°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
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 Ducati Team 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 Ducati Team Ducati 4.462
8 Zarco Johann 5 FRA 8 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 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
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 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)