Author: Dave Fern Posted: 27 Jun 2015
Valentino Rossi took the victory in a last corner thriller ahead of Marc Marquez in the Dutch TT eighth round of MotoGP at Assen.
Marquez tried to snatch the race, pushing hard down the inside, making contact with the Movistar Yamaha rider who ran through the gravel but held on as Rossi took his seventh premier class victory at this circuit to stay on course for an eighth MotoGP crown.
Rossi had made the running for much of the race, but with seven laps remaining ran wide, allowing his Repsol Honda rival who had shadowed him throughout, never more than a quarter of a second down, take the lead. Rossi, the pole starter for only the second time in five years, had the measure of the young Spaniard and bit back with three laps remaining.
Marquez however was not giving anything away and powered back to be in a position to make a last gasp bid for victory, charging up on the inside, bashing Rossi’s leg and elbow – the Italian was forced wide, across the dirt but held on, taking the victory by a little over a second to extend to ten points his lead in the title stakes over his team-mate Jorge Lorenzo who ran a distant third.
“For me this was a very important win – we have been competitive all weekend, started from pole, had a good pace and I was able to push hard all race and was very strong. Marc came with me and it was a very difficult last lap. I tried hard to play my cards right on the last two laps, but he came into the last corner and he touched me and I had to cut,” said Rossi as he enjoyed his third win of the season and the first time in six years that he had won a race starting from pole.
Marquez gave his view of the last corner incident: “It always happens, I got into a good position on the inside to make the corner but Valentino has a lot of experience – he cut the corner but I am happy to be back on the podium.”
Lorenzo ran a long way back in third but clear of Ducati’s Andrea Iannone and Pol Espargaro with Cal Crutchlow sixth on the CWM LCR Honda ahead of Bradley Smith on the second Monster Tech3 Yamaha. Dani Pedrosa who had bashed his left hand in a heavy tumble during morning warm-up was eighth while Scott Redding ran back in thirteenth.
Johann Zarco tightened his grip on the Moto2 title chase as he held off the determined challenges of defending champion Tito Rabat to take the win by three-quarters of a second with Sam Lowes taking a strong third ahead of Alex Rins.
Danny Kent also ran third, but the Leopard Racing Honda rider increased his lead in the title stakes ahead of Enea Bastianini who finished sixth. The race was won by Miguel Oliveira from Fabio Quartararo.
MotoGP Assen – Race Result