Marc Marquez’s brilliant and very important second-place finish in one of the trickiest races in recent years was enhanced by the amazing debut win of Honda satellite rider Jack Miller, who perfectly mastered the second part of the Dutch TT. The lottery that is a MotoGP race run in such challenging conditions ruled out a possible podium finish for Dani Pedrosa, who finished in 12th position after crashing on the first lap of the race’s weather-prompted restart.
The Assen TT originally started approximately one hour after a strong 15-minute downpour had heavily drenched the track. Marc had chosen a hard rear rain tyre, while Dani opted for the softer version. That proved to be the better solution, so although Marc managed to keep a decent enough pace to maintain fourth position in the race’s first phase, Dani was able to steadily recover ground from the back after the rain started again. He had just overtaken his teammate when the conditions became so difficult that Race Direction decided to put out the red flag on lap 15. That meant that the new grid position for the remaining 12-lap race was determined by the classification of the previous lap—lap 14—with Marc in fifth and Dani sixth.
Race 2 got off at 3 p.m., and both Repsol Honda riders went out on the Michelin soft rear rain spec. Marquez started well, entering the first corner first, but he ran wide shortly after and dropped back to third behind Andrea Dovizioso and Valentino Rossi. After the two Italians fell ahead of him and Miller caught and then overtook him, Marc wisely settled for the 20 crucial points that come with second place, thereby extending his championship lead to 24 points over Jorge Lorenzo and 42 over Rossi.
Like many others, Dani was betrayed by the tricky conditions and crashed on the first lap after the restart. He determinedly re-joined the race and was able to finish in 12th, and lies 4th in the standings 17 points down on Rossi.
Race PART 2 Classification after 12 laps
|1||Miller Jack||43||AUS||25||EG 0,0 Marc VDS||Honda||22'17.447|
|2||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||20||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1.991|
|3||Redding Scott||45||GBR||16||Octo Pramac Yakhnich||Ducati||5.906|
|4||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||13||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||9.812|
|5||Iannone Andrea||29||ITA||11||Ducati Team||Ducati||17.835|
|6||Barbera Hector||8||SPA||10||Avintia Racing||Ducati||18.692|
|7||Laverty Eugene||50||IRE||9||Aspar Team||Ducati||22.605|
|8||Bradl Stefan||6||GER||8||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||23.603|
|9||Vinales Maverick||25||SPA||7||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||26.148|
|10||Lorenzo Jorge||99||SPA||6||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||27.604|
|11||Rabat Tito||53||SPA||5||EG 0,0 Marc VDS||Honda||1'21.830|
|12||Pedrosa Dani||26||SPA||4||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1'54.369|
|13||Smith Bradley||38||GBR||3||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||3 laps|
|14||Bautista Alvaro||19||SPA||0||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||1 lap|
|15||Pirro Michele||51||ITA||0||Ducati Team||Ducati||7 laps|
|16||Rossi Valentino||46||ITA||0||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||10 laps|
|17||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||0||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||10 laps|
|18||Dovizioso Andrea||4||ITA||0||Ducati Team||Ducati||11 laps|
|19||Petrucci Danilo||9||ITA||0||Octo Pramac Yakhnich||Ducati||11 laps|
|20||Crutchlow Cal||35||GBR||0||LCR Honda||Honda||Not Finished 1st Lap|
|21||Hernandez Yonny||68||COL||0||Aspar Team||Ducati||Not Started|
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)|