2016 Assen MotoGP Race Result: Sublime Win in Chaotic Race

Uncertainty was the word of the day as teams got ready for the race with rain pouring down the pitlane, yet seeing it stop before the actual start. Andrea Dovizioso was leading halfway through the race, when apocalyptical levels of rain hit the track and caused a red flag. After the standing water was swept off, the riders lined up for a new 12-lap race.

The end of those laps led to a surprising first career win for Jack Miller, the first for a non-factory rider since Toni Elias ten years ago, in Estoril. The Australian looked unbeatable after taking the lead from Marc Marquez, the championship leader settling for second, earning handfuls of points as his main rivals were out of contention. The last podium spot went to Scott Redding after a late overtake on Pol Espargaro.

But first thing first: the initial race start saw Scott Redding leading into the first turn but running wide on the exit, leaving Valentino Rossi into the lead, with Andrea Dovizioso following. Aleix Espargaro flew into third, Marc Marquez cautiously trailing him before Hernandez decided to go for it and took third from the duo. By the end of lap three, the Columbian was taking the lead from Rossi and building a gap of almost 3 seconds on the softer rear tyre.

Marquez had a few solitary laps into fourth, until Petrucci started to show his fondness for wet conditions by charging from the back and overtaking the Spaniard with 22 laps to go. The Repsol Honda rider soon found himself rubbing elbows with a resurgent Andrea Iannone.

Gaps started to appear between the riders as heavy rain dropped once more just as a dry line had begun to form. In the tricky conditions, a hard-charging Hernandez got caught out with fifteen laps to go, restarting down in nineteenth, changing bikes and crashing out once again.

Dovizioso inherited the lead while Danilo Petrucci was starting to put pressure on fellow Italian Valentino Rossi. After swapping positions on a few occasions, Petrucci grabbed second as teammate Redding recovered to attack the Doctor. Another great recovery was that of Dani Pedrosa, climbing into sixth, fighting his Repsol Honda teammate as the red flag was waved with twelve laps to go.

Once the rain calmed down, the race was restarted for another twelve laps, riders starting in the order they finished the original race, Dovizioso once again on pole. Marquez ran wide into turn one, falling back into third, with Dovizioso and Rossi ahead of him. Pedrosa was the first victim of the conditions, losing it into turn nine, Cal Crutchlow following his example into turn twelve.

Miller rocketed into an impressive fourth as Rossi led the way with a functional rain light this time around. One lap later, runner-up Dovizioso got caught out too, handing a podium position to the Australian. The new leader wasn’t as lucky as the Marc VDS rider, Rossi falling soon after in turn ten as the front wheel of his Yamaha washed away.

With eight laps to go, Miller found himself leading the race after a determined overtake on Marquez, who decided to play the long game. And he never looked back. Five seconds behind him, Pol Espargaro and Scott Redding squabbled for the last podium spot, the Brit taking third with two laps to go.

After a reasonable start in the first race, Lorenzo started dropping back at a shocking rate, down into nineteen by lap seven. Viñales had a similarly difficult first race in sixteenth position. The restart cast a more positive light on their weekend, with Viñales leading Lorenzo into ninth.

Such a chaotic race left us with many other highlights, including Iannone saving a fifth place from last on the grid, Hector Barbera in sixth, Laverty in seventh and Bradl in eight. Rabat, Pedrosa and Smith all scored points despite crashing during the race.

The second happiest rider in Assen was Marquez, who extended his lead over the Yamaha duo. Lorenzo is now 24 points down, with Rossi a critical 42 away from the Honda man. What an 86th edition of the Dutch GP!

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Gap
1 43 Jack MILLER Honda 22'17.447
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda +1.991
3 45 Scott REDDING Ducati +5.906
4 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha +9.812
5 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati +17.835
6 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati +18.692
7 50 Eugene LAVERTY Ducati +22.605
8 6 Stefan BRADL Aprilia +23.603
9 25 Maverick VIёALES Suzuki +26.148
10 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha +27.604
11 53 Tito RABAT Honda +1'21.830
12 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda +1'54.369
13 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 3 Laps
    Not Classified    
  19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia 1 Lap
  51 Michele PIRRO Ducati 7 Laps
  46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 10 Laps
  41 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki 10 Laps
  4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 11 Laps
  9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 11 Laps
    Not Finished 1st Lap    
  35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 0 Lap
    Not Starting    
  68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 0 Lap

 

Round Number: 
8
2016
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Total votes: 171

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I thought it was terrible, not entertaining at all. That was hardly what anyone could call a race. Nobody's fault, but the rain came at the worst time both times.

Well done by Miller but I watch MotoGP to see racing and this was not it.

Total votes: 228

"That was hardly what anyone could call a race."

Well I'm just one guy, but I'd call it a race. 

Total votes: 197

Then where was the excitement? Yes a new winner on a sattelite bike is great for the headlines but the bikes just trundled around for 12 laps. Once in a while someone fell off but that was pretty much it. Marquez was never going to put up a fight so the race was a foregone conclusion 7 laps before the end.

I'd much rather see something like Barcelona where there is an actual fight going on for the win.

Total votes: 177

Have you ever heard the term race of attrition?

Well, not all races are decided by the fastest riders on the fastest bikes under blue skies and sunshine. Some are decided by guile and gamble.

It's called variety and it's one of the reasons MotoGP is fascinating.

Total votes: 141

The was absolutely a race of attrition and the top riders should all be prepared for these situations and they are all out in the exact same conditions. To not call this a hard fought race is absolutely disrespectful to these guys. 

Total votes: 196

If you didn't find this race entertaining then I imagine most of us that did would say go back to your video game and leave the real racing to those of us that appreciate it.

Total votes: 174

I don't think it is a video game issue. It is more of a case that their favourite rider was unable to stay on-board in the second part of the race and their sense of entitlement means that the race was therefore terrible.

Total votes: 175

Bingo. Unfortunately this is what motogp is now. cannot appreciate the effort of others when the anointed one does not do well. what a shame 

Total votes: 151

Can you clearly describe why it did not constitute a race in your opinion? Your favourite rider lacking the skill to stay onboard is not a sufficient reason.

I am not sure what sort of riding you do, but it takes massive balls and skill to ride fast in the wet. Personally I prefer wet races because it removes the advantages the factory riders have and becomes a pure test of rider skill.

Total votes: 150

Id say that barcelona, with two  passes can hardly be called "a battle". Both the racers however were entertaining. Sometimes the tinted glasses need to be taken off. 

Total votes: 155

Racing in the rain is just that racing in the rain !

Not my cup of tea.

so sometimes you get a new winner ?

Bring on the next proper race !!!

 

Total votes: 142

I made the mistake of writing off the last Ausralian to arrive in the Premier class. He did quite well on small bikes and then got a satellite Honda ride, on 2nd string Michelins. Then he fell off the thing a lot. He also went very fast, quicker than that bike should have been, but the front tyre would go off about 2/3 distance and Stoner would go off very soo afterwards. So I wrote him off. Then he got a ride with Ducati, on the new 800s, and the first race was in Qatar... That's a very big feed of humble pie to eat. So, I've been trying not to make the exact same mistake again.

All that aside, it was a bit of a lucky dip. All the people who are in a with any real chance were being very careful, Lorenzo spectacularly so. The people who had no chance suddenly found themselves centre stage. Jack benefitted from good riding and did a great job, but he also got very lucky when half the other no-chance people dumped it. More surprising, was some of the top people who also dumped it. And he finished in front of M&M because Marc wanted to finish near the front aftre Rossi fell of - it wasn't exactly a straight race.

 

That said, congratualtions to Jack, and I hope it's the first of mnay. G'd onya mate!

Total votes: 143

It was a terrific ride by Miller. Others misjudged the conditions, where he seemed to have good feel very quickly. By the time riders like Redding were on the pace Miller was 5 seconds up the road. And to take the win he had to catch and pass none other than Marc Marquez, so you can't exactly say he had no competition. And I was very pleased to see his Spanish accent seems to have disappeared!

Total votes: 138

Yes, Miller benefited from some attrition - as did MM93, Redding, Lorenzo, Iannone, Barbera, laverty, Brad, etc. not a lot of finishers.

As as for Jack, he stood on the top step after putting a clean fight against a rabid Marquez, held his nerve and controlled the race to the win. Well deserved. 

To firefly, to state this is not a race indicates to me that you have never thrown a leg over it on track in the wet. No vision, degrading tires, limited grip, reduced braking, new tire manufacturer, standing water like nothing I have seen since Sepang a few years ago, significant power delivered through the same size contact patch all while praying you can trust your competitors. seems like a race to me. 

As above, I love (watching!) wet races because I admire the testicular fortitude these men show to prove who can go round in a circle the fastest  

 

Total votes: 157

This reads like one awesome race, can't wait to see it tomorrow evening!

Stunning result for Jack & Scott :-)

Total votes: 130

Wow, just wow! What a race! Way to go Jack! Bravo!

Total votes: 161

The word to describe this race, MINDBLOWING! I've seen some classics in my time but that has to be right amongst the sharp end of best races ever.

Extremely difficult conditions, unlikely heroes making their way towards the front. It really was a day where anyone had a chance of winning or finishing on the podium. It's a shame the rain became so heavy when the race was red flagged, it was shaping up to have 6/7 way battle for the lead, but definately the right call to stop proceedings.

But well deserved for Jack Miller. It's been tough since he moved up so quickly to MotoGP. He's shown flashes of pace, most noteably in the wet. But the stars allined together and he made the seemingly impossible happen. A satelite rider wins a race! I hope this is the break through the lad needs as the talent is very apparent.

But unquestionably the big winner from all the chaos is a Mr Marquez. While his rivals fluffed their lines, he rode a masterful race. The new 'mature' approach thats worked so well for him this season is reaping rewards. 24 points on Jorge and 42pts on Rossi at this stage of the season is a very handy advantage.

Ironically Valentino had the consistency last year but not always outright pace. This year he has the pace to win almost anywhere, but less consistency. He looked totally crestfallen from making that mistake. Could end up being one of the defying moments of the season.

Great that Scott Redding managed to salvage something for Ducati honour, they'll be wondering how that race fell away from them, when they had as many as 3/4 riders all looking like winning the race at one stage.

This race really had it all. What an absolutely bonker day of racing!

Total votes: 166

What's so great about this race? Nice headlines, but what otherwise? We see bikes tiptoeing around the track, lots of crashes and hardly any racing for position. And when it looked like we could get that the rain started getting heavier and they had to throw the red flag.

To me this race was just frustrating beginning to end. Every time it looked like it was getting good something happened.

How anyone can prefer such chaos to an actual great race like Barcelona or Mugello is beyond me. Unless you're only in it for the entertainment value and not for the bike racing...

Total votes: 159

"Only in it for the entertainment value?"  Well yes I am actually. 

When you say bikes "tiptoeing around the track" you may be underestimating how fast they're still going and how much skill it takes. 

Total votes: 145

 Never in his Moto GP life has he had to run this pace to compete, the mistakes are probably not just bad luck. He is being pushed and is making mistakes. MM and JL are doing to him what he did to riders for years, make them ride over their head till they crash or make a mistake.

Total votes: 118

Prior to the red flag; heard these actual words on beIN coverage: "... and Jorge Lorenzo is under real pressure from Tito Rabat". 

Total votes: 154

Fantastic result from Miller. He showed this kind of potential last year at silverstone before he made a mistake and took out himself and crutchlow. Great to see a new winner, especially given his hardships and emotion after.  I was also wishing for Petrucci if there were to be an underdog winner. 

My main observation after this race was Rossi's mismanaged strategy  I thought he did it perfectly in the first half of the race, but I was literally screaming at the monitor when he took off so agressively in the 2nd half race. We have seen that time and time again when a rider goes out front as the Guinea pig for those following.  I was not at all surprised to see Hernandez crash out riding too fast, but for Rossi to do it with his experience is inexplicable. He had that race in the bag but for some reason decided to take off sprinting, for no reason. There was so much racing left, what was the point of building up a gap that quickly. Dovi fell for it but Marquez didn't.

As an admitted Rossi fan, the end to last year and now the current situation have demonstrated that while 95% of the time he is absolutely brilliant and maximizes every opportunity, that last 5% is the last bit of perfection he needs to win a championship. He appears to be the fastest rider/package at the moment, so all is not lost, so things are sure to remain interesting.

 

 

Total votes: 155

Congrats to Miller for the win, I am sure that gets a HUGE pressure off his back. Maybe even a factory bike for their team in the future as seeing Crutchlow has been having a hard time recently.

Marquez is showing a far more calculated mentality than in the past. He said he just focused on his own race and no one else. Very wise.

Cannot write this without addressing Rossi. He certainly is dangerous this year as far as pace, but he is definitely has been letting his emotions get in the way of his focus. Years ago he had heart rate monitors on Biaggi and Rossi in one race. Biaggi's heart rate was through the roof. Rossi's was low and even. I wonder if he had a heart rate monitor on now what it will reveal. His trademark has been not getting flustered in races, this last race, even though this is just one race, showed some cracks in his iron mental strength. A mistake. One that will almost be impossible to recover a title from. Hope it leads to some epic battles from him though. :)

Total votes: 121

Proud to see an Aussie on the top step of the MotoGP podium after a very entertaining day of racing. The first commentor is an idiot or a troll, or both.

Total votes: 168

Incredible emotion from Miller at parc ferme, congrats!!! If he doesn't want people to think he is an idiot (and this message is for Iannone too), DROP THE NIKNAME.

Total votes: 130

Almost half the field fell off including Rossi, Lorenzo & pedrosa were nowhere, Miller overtook Marquez to take & hold onto the lead, without falling off, winning the race, the first satellite rider to achive this in ten years, this is a great result for Jack & MotoGp. PS I'm not an Aussie or a big Miller fan, but he has gone up in my estimation, Rock on Jackass.........

Total votes: 148

Whats an emotional win for the kid. His after race interview on BT sport from the winners box made me shed a tear for the guy, He could barely speak. He said "I showed everyone I CAN ride the bike and...im not an idiot". Shows you even these guys can be effected emotionally from all the negativity from some people. At the end of the day these guys are all out doing what they love and putting their lifes on the line and I couldnt be happier than to see it pay off for this guy. 

Jack Assenn!

Total votes: 181

Amen to that!  Everyone out there had to handle the same conditions, and Miller did it better than anyone.  Absolutely well done.  And to see that kind of emotion afterwards was outstanding.  The congratulations from the other riders after the race was fantastic to see - it looked as though everyone was happy to see that win.

After the tragedy of last time out, this was the paddock coming together to celebrate a well earned result and show why we go and watch racing.

Total votes: 143

Riding fast in the wet is a skill based activity. The best rider on the day won. To say it is just pure luck shows a complete lack of understanding of the skill and commitment on display in this race.

Total votes: 154

the only thing better than seeing an underdog win in the premier class of any motorsport is seeing genuine camaraderie both behind and on the podium.

congratulations mr. miller. well done.

Total votes: 150

Crazy entertaining race, loved it. Marquez has turned a corner with his approach to points Vs risk it seems. He probably could have stayed with Miller and pushed for the win, but decided to take the certain 2nd place instead. Im not sure he would have done that last year.

By comparison, there are some errors creeping into Rossis usually impeccable racecraft. Hes been the most consistent podium finisher in recent years, picking up 20 or 16 points when the win is beyond reach or too risky. Thats the 2nd unforced error of the year for him. Including the Mugello DNF (which wasnt his fault), Its his 3rd DNF of the year, which is the same number of DNFs from the 2012-2015 seasons combined (and one of those seasons was onboard the Ducati!)! He has the speed this year, but is his consistency/focus leaving him? The opposite of MM at times!

Special merit must go to the marshals and race direction today. After some screw-ups/confusion in Moto 2 earlier in the year, the red-flag calls in Moto 2 & Moto GP today were spot on. Not too early, & not too late

Total votes: 132

I think Texas was the inevitable mistake waiting to happen. The greatest riders in the world will fall out of a race even if it takes years to happen again, if they don't they aren't interested in winning. 

I don't think today was really a lack of focus. These sorts of things happen in these conditions. The pisser is the fact that he'd got his manageable gap. 

Championship entertainment wise, he just has to do what he's been doing so far but now has no room for a race error, he's been proving he has that capability for two decades. If Marquez crashes out of another race then things will tighten again. Even the most patient rider in the world, which an adjusted Marquez still isn't, can't keep settling. 

Lorenzo needs a friendly slap. Two races in a row that he has been slow. Conditions or not he is one of the best motorcycle riders of our time and it isn't good enough. There's a big chance we're going to miss him for at least the first half of next season so a couple of Yamaha 1-2s are good for everybody except Marc and HRC but we'll get a close championship again. 

Total votes: 131

I'd rate it as the second best race I've seen this year. The first is when Brad Binder started from last place to go to the win in Moto3 a few races ago and now this race with Miller Racing in the wet and winning.

Unlike other riders who were Not racing but gathering points or falling off their bike again. Gathering points is not racing. I like Marquez a couple of races ago where he was trying to WIN the race at the end of the race, not gather points. 

Miller may be no Stoner, but we'll see what happens from now on and hopefully next year. You don't break both your fibula and tibia in the same leg and perform the best possible. Your lucky to even walk for months after that much less perform your best on bike. 

Not much to note of the fellow who is replacing Lorenzo next year. Makes one wonder. 

Ducati? Should have replace both riders for next year imho.

No remarks about the first post on this thread. I'd be deleted for sure if I did.

 

Total votes: 140

I'd rate it as the second best race I've seen this year. The first is when Brad Binder started from last place to go to the win in Moto3 a few races ago and now this race with Miller Racing in the wet and winning.

Unlike other riders who were Not racing but gathering points or falling off their bike again. Gathering points is not racing. I like Marquez a couple of races ago where he was trying to WIN the race at the end of the race, not gather points. 

Miller may be no Stoner, but we'll see what happens from now on and hopefully next year. You don't break both your fibula and tibia in the same leg and perform the best possible. Your lucky to even walk for months after that much less perform your best on bike. 

Not much to note of the fellow who is replacing Lorenzo next year. Makes one wonder. 

Ducati? Should have replace both riders for next year imho.

No remarks about the first post on this thread. I'd be deleted for sure if I did.

 

Total votes: 129

Opportunities lost?

Despite a legendary record career in wins and time in the sport, Rossi is more desperate to win his last title than he has ever been to win any of his others and his progress is riddled with more and more bad decisions. In the meantime, the screwloose, wrecking ball attitude and style of one of the most eratic rookie (double motoGP) champions is being turned on it's head! You wouldn't believe it if it wasn't happening in front of you.

The gravity of Jack Miller's win needs some perspective. First win for a satellite team since Elias in 2006!? Yes a decade!!! 

Discounting the phenom of Casey Stoner's Ducati career and a single Suzuki/Vermuellen win (2 more Aussies oddly enough!) a group of 4 bikes and 2 dominant teams have absolutely destroyed the series for what seems like forever!

Not exciting? You're no fan my friend.

More of this please!

 

Total votes: 144

Great racing and I really hope to see Miller on the podium more often now, as that was the funniest post race press conference I've seen in years, how refreshing to have someone speak as themselves without all the PC/PR crap included. "If I had pased myself I would have thought what a dickhead too............" - Classic Jackass statement, more of that please!!!

Total votes: 151

Tada. Put race strategy and rider willpower at the forefront of competition, and non-factory teams are suddenly capable of winnig again. It's like magic. 

If MotoGP would be so kind as to instruct Michelin to produce a wide variety of tires with similar performance characteristics, and then let the teams determine the risk/reward they prefer. Shortly thereafter, start repealing the onerous technical regulations. 

Total votes: 129