Full Recap and Results Below:
Marc Marquez has become the first MotoGP rider since Giacomo Agostini in 1971 to win the first eight races of the season after turning in a masterful performance in the mixed weather race at Assen. In front of the 90,000 strong crowd Marquez recovered from a slight hiccup, where he ran wide after changing onto slick tyres, to eventually overhaul a gallant Andrea Dovizioso and 'swim' his way across the line to take a historic victory. Like the Moto2 race before the race was initially delayed due to the emergence of rain on the grid. All riders except Valentino Rossi decided to start the race on wet tyres. After the first five laps the leading duo of Marquez and Dovizioso entered the pits to swap bikes and the rest of the field promptly did the same in the laps following.
Marquez' teammate Dani Pedrosa took the final podium place four seconds behind Dovizioso, the Repsol Honda rider beat Aleix Espargaro by a comfortable nine seconds in the end after an entertaining race-long duel between the two. Valentino Rossi took an impressive fifth place as he was the only rider to leave the grid on slick tyres. The Doctor had to enter pit lane after the warm up lap and swap back onto wets due to additional rain falling and he started he race from there. Andrea Iannone crossed the line ahead of Alvaro Bautista who just held off a charging Bradley Smith. Cal Crutchlow and Stefan Bradl completed the top ten positions.
Broc Parkes deserves a special mention after swapping onto slicks early and taking an excellent eleventh place, completing a strong day for Australian riders. Pol Espargaro was the only rider not to finish the race after he crashed with eleven laps remaining, he tried to re-enter the race on his second bike only to crash again and compound his miserable day. To continue the theme of miserable days Jorge Lorenzo struggled in all conditions throughout the race and had to settle for a galling thirteenth place.
|4||13||41||Aleix ESPARGARO||Forward Yamaha||19.199|
|19||68||Yonny HERNANDEZ||Ducati||1 Lap|
|20||63||Mike DI MEGLIO||Avintia||1 Lap|
|21||70||Michael LAVERTY||PBM||1 Lap|
|22||5||Colin EDWARDS||Forward Yamaha||3 Laps|
|44||Pol ESPARGARO||Yamaha||8 Laps|