Summary and results of MotoGP race:
Valentino Rossi has taken his first victory since 2010 with an outstanding display in the 65th running of the Dutch TT at the iconic Assen circuit. 'The Doctor' put in a performance of old to pick his way through the front runners, stretch the field and take his eighth win at the track by a margin of two seconds. The constantly impressive rookie Marc Marquez finished in second place after fighting off a stern challenge from Cal Crutchlow in the final laps. Crutchlow had to settle for third place, the Tech 3 rider would be satisfied with the result after making a dreadful start from pole.
Dani Pedrosa by contrast got a typically brilliant launch and took the hole shot, he dictated the pace early but faded badly in the closing laps. The Repsol Honda man had to be happy with a fourth place finish. Jorge Lorenzo put in a contender for ride of the day, he displayed fantastic resilience to battle through his injury with gritted teeth and cross the line in fifth place. The tenacious Spaniard moved quickly from twelfth to fourth in the early laps, but expectedly faded at the halfway stage. He was clearly exhausted after crossing the finishing line, but did an admirable job of 'damage limitation' in his championship battle with Pedrosa, Marquez and the like.
Stefan Bradl started the race strongly, running as high as third place, but he couldn't handle the pace and finished up with a lonely ride into sixth position. Alvaro Bautista, Aleix Espargaro, Bradley Smith and Andrea Dovizioso rounded out the top ten placings.
|12||14||Randy DE PUNIET||ART||57.674|
|17||5||Colin EDWARDS||FTR Kawasaki||+1'15.249|
|18||71||Claudio CORTI||FTR Kawasaki||+1'24.884|
|21||67||Bryan STARING||FTR Honda||+1'26.256|
|52||Lukas PESEK||Ioda-Suter||16 Laps|