Marc Marquez took a crucial third place at TT Assen that, along with Viñales’s DNF today, reduced his gap from the top of an incredibly close Championship classification to just 11 points, despite currently being in fourth place behind Dovizioso, Viñales and Rossi.

Changing weather played a tricky role again today, when a light rain started to fall seven laps from the end of the race. Marc managed the situation prudently and, having fought within the top three from the start of the race, in the final two laps held off all the attacks from fellow Honda rider Cal Crutchlow, who was charging from the back.

The 94th podium of Marc’s career is also the 400th for the Repsol Honda Team.

After starting from row four on the grid, Dani Pedrosa was able to advance to eighth place, lapping on almost the same rhythm as the front riders, but he struggled to keep temperature in the tyres when the rain started and ultimately dropped to 13th position. Nonetheless, his championship position did not suffer greatly, as he now lies in fifth, just 28 points off the top.

The Repsol Honda Team now move to the Sachsenring for round 9 of the Championship next Sunday.

Marc Marquez

3rd

"I’m very happy with the podium and with our race, as we were competitive enough in the dry at this track, which isn’t one of the best for us. Of course conditions were quite tricky and in this kind of situation you can lose or gain many points. I opted for the ‘safe’ option, more or less. Maybe I would have been able to try and fight for the victory, but honestly I had some warnings and thought it too dangerous for the Championship, so I decided to be consistent in the race and to push hard at the end. I paid close attention as it was hard to understand where the limit was, but in the end I was able to manage well. We’re just 11 points down on the lead and that’s important, no matter the fourth position. Now we go to some circuits that could be better for us, so let’s keep working hard and see what happens."

Dani Pedrosa

13th

"Today the race was very difficult as I didn't have a great start and I didn’t recover the positions I hoped to. I found myself quite a distance behind, despite the fact that I was able to lap well enough compared with the guys at the front. Later, when the rain arrived, I slowed down a little bit and immediately started losing temperature in the tyres. I know that I’m very sensible in these kinds of situations and that next time I need to manage that better. I have to find a way to maintain the temperature in the slicks because when they get cold it becomes very difficult to get back on the rhythm and regain confidence. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to manage it better this weekend. The positive points are that I could make some good lap times early in the race and that I lost just one point on the leader in the Championship standings."

MotoGP 2017
Race Round 8   Assen

Results Session

Drizzle
Humidity
94%
Track Temp
18°C
Air Temp
16°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA 25 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 41'41.149
2 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA 20 Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 0.063
3 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 16 Repsol Honda Team Honda 5.201
4 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR 13 LCR Honda Honda 5.243
5 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA 11 Ducati Team Ducati 5.327
6 Miller Jack 43 AUS 10 Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 23.390
7 Abraham Karel 17 CZE 9 Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 36.982
8 Baz Loris 76 FRA 8 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 37.058
9 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA 7 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 37.166
10 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 6 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'01.929
11 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 5 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1'09.384
12 Rabat Tito 53 SPA 4 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1'10.121
13 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA 3 Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'10.344
14 Zarco Johann 5 FRA 2 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'35.655
15 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA 1 Ducati Team Ducati 1 lap
16 Barbera Hector 8 SPA 0 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1 lap
17 Rins Alex 42 SPA 0 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1 lap
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)