Results and summary of the Moto2 race at Assen:
Marc Marquez has taken his second victory of the season, taking charge of the race in the final laps after a race-long scrap with Kenan Sofuoglu, Bradley Smith and Yuki Takahashi.
It was Stefan Bradl who got off the line first, holding off a charging Marquez into turn 1, but that would be the last of the German's resistance. As the pack made their way through the tight northern loop, Bradl got shuffled back through the pack, quickly losing touch with the leaders.
A group quickly formed, consisting of Simone Corsi, Marc Marquez, Kenan Sofuoglu, Bradley Smith, Yuki Takahashi and Mike Di Meglio, Di Meglio the first to leave the group by crashing out. Corsi was the next to go, suddenly going backwards and losing touch, leaving Marquez, Sofuoglu, Smith and Takahashi to fight for the lead. Takahashi followed Corsi's example at first, but though he dropped off the back of the group, he always had them in sight.
Marquez, Sofuoglu and Smith all took turns at the lead, passing each other through De Bult, the Ramshoek, the GT chicane. But on lap 18, Marquez finally took control of the race, putting a brilliant pass on Smith through Hoge Heide, the fastest corner on the track, and a terrifying right-left flick. Takahashi - who had now recaught the group again - followed Marquez through, only to crash out two laps later. Sofuoglu got past Smith with a tough pass round the outside at the GT, but by then, Marquez' lead was too great. The Catalunya Caixa rider took victory by a comfortable margin, while Technomag CIP rider Sofuoglu ended well ahead of Tech 3's Bradley Smith. MZ's Ant West, riding the 2010 FTR, came home to take 4th, a very respectable result for the Australian.
Stefan Bradl ended up crashing out, with a little help from a tough pass by Blusens STX rider Tito Rabat, but as Marquez has only scored points three times, the German continues to lead the championship by 57 points.
|3||38||Bradley SMITH||TECH 3||44'36.827||6.418|
|4||13||Anthony WEST||MZ-RE HONDA||44'53.212||22.803|
|5||15||Alex DE ANGELIS||MOTOBI||44'56.291||25.882|
|10||76||Max NEUKIRCHNER||MZ-RE HONDA||45'10.176||39.767|
|16||40||Aleix ESPARGARO||PONS KALEX||45'37.173||1'06.764|
|22||66||Michael VAN DER MARK||TEN KATE||46'12.297||1'41.888|
|24||45||Scott REDDING||SUTER||44'33.423||1 lap|
|25||95||Mashel AL NAIMI||MORIWAKI||44'35.214||1 lap|
|26||39||Robertino PIETRI||SUTER||44'43.949||1 lap|
|65||Stefan BRADL||KALEX||37'26.902||4 laps|
|97||Steven ODENDAAL||SUTER||38'36.702||4 laps|
|72||Yuki TAKAHASHI||MORIWAKI||35'17.549||5 laps|
|44||Pol ESPARGARO||FTR||35'40.497||5 laps|
|9||Kenny NOYES||FTR||36'36.221||5 laps|
|19||Xavier SIMEON||TECH 3||33'46.670||6 laps|
|36||Mika KALLIO||SUTER||25'21.587||11 laps|
|80||Axel PONS||PONS KALEX||13'45.678||17 laps|
|14||Ratthapark WILAIROT||FTR||9'55.846||19 laps|
|53||Valentin DEBISE||FTR||10'05.005||19 laps|
|64||Santiago HERNANDEZ||FTR||6'04.528||21 laps|
|63||Mike DI MEGLIO||TECH 3||3'56.902||22 laps|
|16||Jules CLUZEL||SUTER||4'04.865||22 laps|