2010 Assen MotoGP Race Result: Winner Fights Off Early Challenge To Dominate

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.

Results: 

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Time Diff
1 99 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 41'18.629  
2 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 41'21.564 2.935
3 27 Casey STONER DUCATI 41'25.651 7.022
4 11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 41'31.894 13.265
5 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 41'33.952 15.323
6 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 41'34.401 15.772
7 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 41'44.496 25.867
8 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 41'47.620 28.991
9 58 Marco SIMONCELLI HONDA 41'54.287 35.658
10 41 Aleix ESPARGARO DUCATI 41'54.466 35.837
11 36 Mika KALLIO DUCATI 42'15.398 56.769
12 40 Hector BARBERA DUCATI 42'15.519 56.890
13 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 42'19.244 1'00.615
14 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SUZUKI 42'26.703 1'08.074
15 64 Kousuke AKIYOSHI HONDA 41'42.019 1
Round Number: 
6
2010
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Comments

The podium-sitters were boring to watch, but de Puniet vs Dovi for the last few laps was damned fine entertainment.

Shame the challenge from Dani and Casey faded..I thought the way they reeled in Lorenzo after getting past Spies, it was going to be a grandstand finish..cooked tyres?
Jorge was imperious in the end and looks unbeatable.

Any news on the GP commissions meeting about the rules?..I won't be holding my breath.

This was the worst race out of all of them so far. I'm actually annoyed I stayed up to watch it for a number of reasons that are frustrations towards my favorite riders, so I am being biased. However, the track just isn't conducive to close racing with one slow corner.

BTW, I'm beginning to think that Lorenzo is going to set some records and run away with the rest of the season.

Vinny
twitter @deftjester

Did you watch the WSBK show from earlier this year? Overall a much better race, close, crazy overtakes and awesome riding. Whatever it is that made Motogp a bit of a bore, it's not the track

You got me there man, but then again WSBK has more than double the riders than in MotoGP right now.

Vinny
twitter @deftjester

For a little while it looked like we might just have a race on our hands. A couple of points. I though Pedrosa's pass on Spies was superb - see, he can do it doubters. And Casey's got a case of the arm pumps - oh dear. One day soon......

de Puniet completely blew his launch, and Spiesus took off like someone threatened to mess with Texas, but once Pedrosa and Stoner passes Spies, the race got really boring until Spies mounted his assault on Dovi, and then there was really nothing to see until Dovi and de Puniet started tangling in the last few laps.

I'm not a huge fan of de Puniet but I really thought that with the numbers he was putting up earlier in the weekend that he'd do a better job of battling back.

Although I'm not too happy that Lorenzo won so clearly, the positive things of this race outweights the rather boring race finish at the top and Lorenzo's lead in the championship.

Positive was that both Dani and Casey are finding their way back into alienes, the race wasn't an easy victory for Jorge, both Dani and Casey were able to catch him. So I hope Dani and Casey take the momentum with them and attack Jorge even harder next weekend.
I have the impression that especially Casey could use some boost in confidence, watching him breaking early into the first corner after start and running rather careful around the track in the first few laps makes me think he's afraid to lowside again at the beginning of the race.

There were 2 things in this race that amazed me:

1.) The 4th lap of Dani, it was a 1:34.525. From which universe did this come from? Remember, Dani qualified with 1:35.162 and had his fastest lap of the weekend in warmup with 1:34.924. So he pulled 4/10 out of somewhere in this 4th lap.

2.) "Random" de Puniet. I remember reading comments from Rossi and Hayden that they had to change their riding style and attitude with the 800's, both sayed that you have to ride very smooth and efficient to be fast. Well, consider "Random's" riding style the very antithesis of this gospel. And the real insane thing is, Randy doesn't only stay onboard his satellite Honda, he is fast enough to give Mr. Honda factory rider Dovi a run for the money.
Incredible. I hope he makes it until 2012, watching Randy sliding a 1000er around the course must be serious fun.

Yawn! is that what we can expect from post Rossi MotoGP racing? No thanks :(

Right from the first lap it was obvious that Lorenzo would run away with the race, and when the TV started concentrating on the battle for 14th spot (of 15 starters) I gave up and watched the football instead. Bringing in test riders to fill slots vacated by injured riders won't improve matters either, as witnessed by the hopelessly outpaced and outclassed Akiyoshi (and no doubt by the Fiat Yamaha replacement when he eventually arrives..whatever his name was).

Either bring in riders capable of keeping up or don't bother, as I'm sure organisers, teams and sponsors don't want to see their bikes cruising around a lap down.

It is ludicrous to me that a Moto2 bike could have got onto the grid and scored points in the MotoGP event.

Hopefully 2012 rules will make things better, but I am beginning to doubt that too.