Results and summary of the MotoGP Race at Assen:
Jorge Lorenzo has won his fourth race of the season, taking a comfortable victory in the 80th edition of the Dutch TT at Assen. The Spaniard took the lead going into the first corner, and held off early challenges by Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner to eventually take the win by a significant margin.
Lorenzo's charge into the first corner was followed by Ben Spies and Casey Stoner, the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider slotting ahead of the Marlboro Ducati and behind the Fiat Yamaha. Front row starter Randy de Puniet got a terrible start, the REV'IT LCR Honda dropping from 2nd down to 9th going into the first turn. While Lorenzo was setting a strong pace at the front, Pedrosa and Stoner were being held up by Spies, who was struggling to match Lorenzo's speed. It took Pedrosa until lap 3 to get past the Texan, sliding through at Duikersloot, Stoner following into De Haar on the next lap.
Once past, Pedrosa and Stoner started to catch Lorenzo, using the early advantage the softer tires offered. But though they got close to the Fiat Yamaha, they were never near enough to launch an attack. As the race went on, and Lorenzo's harder tires started to come into their own, the Spaniard's advantage began to grow, and he was never troubled again.
The fight was on for 2nd, and Pedrosa seemed at first to be having trouble holding off a charging Marlboro Ducati. But halfway through the race, the arm pump that had troubled Casey Stoner at Silverstone recurred, and his chase began to falter. Having trouble picking the bike up through Assen's many right handers, Stoner dropped off the back, gifting 2nd place to Pedrosa, leaving himself forced to settle for 3rd.
Behind the front three, an entertaining battle unfolded over 4th place. Spies had fallen back into the clutches of Andrea Dovizioso and Randy de Puniet, Dovizioso getting past on lap 4. But the Repsol Honda rider could not match the pace of the front three, and as the race progressed and Spies picked up his pace, the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider closed on Dovizioso, bringing De Puniet along with him.
Spies passed Dovi for 4th into the GT on lap 16, just as De Puniet latched onto the back. The Frenchman engaged Dovizioso, and the battle for 5th left Spies safely in 4th. At the end of the race, it was Dovizioso who came out on top for 5th, but not for lack of effort - and wildly optimistic passing attempts - on the part of De Puniet.
Lorenzo's victory - his fourth in six races - leaves the Fiat Yamaha rider with a 47 point advantage in the championship. The championship is looking ever more like Lorenzo's to lose.
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