Rossi back on top in Assen

The hero of the Dutch TT this year is a very hard one to judge, with Valentino Rossi winning his first race in two and a half years and Jorge Lorenzo securing a 5th place despite breaking his collarbone in free practice just 48 hours before.

After a good start from the second row, Rossi found himself 3rd before passing Marquez. Just a couple of laps later, he passed Pedrosa to hit the front in a moment that the Rossi faithful have been dreaming of for the past 2 years. With the Hondas tripping over themselves, Rossi could extend a 2 second lead, giving him his 80th Premier Class victory.

Lorenzo qualified in 12th due to his free practice time, but showed no signs of injury as he climbed to 5th by lap 3. He then overtook the Pole man Cal Crutchlow before slowing with 10 laps to go, allowing the Brit to go through, and seeing Lorenzo drop to a lonely 5th place.

Crutchlow, after being held up by the injured Lorenzo, grabbed a podium after passing the tiring Pedrosa with 5 laps to go. Having been the first Brit to get a Pole position in over a decade, Crutchlow had a poor start, seeing him drop to 5th place. After he passed Pedrosa, Crutchlow caught up Marc Marquez and pressured the Spaniard for 2nd. It could have been much worse for Crutchlow though, as Marquez appeared to miss a gear on the last lap, and the two almost collided, with Crutchlow almost being forced off the track.

Stefan Bradl came 6th with Bautista, Espargaro, Smith and Dovizioso rounding off the top 10. Crutchlow’s late surge saw him hold on to his 4th place in the Championship despite Rossi’s win. Pedrosa failed to capitalise on Lorenzo’s injury, only extending his lead over the World champion by 2 points.

In Moto2, Pol Espargaro edged out Scott Redding to win by a tenth of a second, whilst Luis Salom won in Moto3.


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