THE CLOSEST RACING EVER

The 70th Dutch TT at Assen will probably long be recalled by bike fans around the world as one of the best MotoGP races in the series’ history; the eight protagonists for a podium finish in the 26-lap battle will definitely remember it that way.

The fight began when the lights went off and only ended when the chequered flag finally established the podium, although any of the leading eight finishers could have been one of that trio at this nail-biting eighth round of 19 in the 2018 series.

By the time the chequered flag flew, Spain’s defending world champion Marc Marquez had finally pulled a two-second gap on the chasing group.

However, until around three laps from the end, he had been fighting tooth-and-nail with fellow Spanish riders Alex Rins, Maverick Viñales and Jorge Lorenzo and Italian pair Andrea Dovizioso and Valentino Rossi, the lead changing a dozen times.

Marquez ultimately prevailed over all his opponents to take his 65th career win and his 39th in MotoGP, extending his advantage in the world standings to 41 points over multi-time champion Rossi.

RESULTS & STANDINGS:

Result from Assen:

  1. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 41m 13.863s
  2. Alex Rins ESP Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 41m 16.132s
  3. Maverick Viñales ESP Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 41m 16.171s
  4. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (GP18) 41m 16.285s
  5. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 41m 16.826s
  6. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 41m 17.739s
  7. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Ducati Team (GP18) 41m 18.325s
  8. Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1) 41m 20.864s
  9. Alvaro Bautista ESP Angel Nieto Team (GP17) 41m 21.404s
  10. Jack Miller AUS Pramac Ducati (GP17) 41m 26.919s
  11. Andrea Iannone ITA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 41m 28.118s
  12. Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 41m 29.739s
  13. Aleix Espargaro ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 41m 29.849s
  14. Scott Redding GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 41m 29.882s
  15. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 41m 29.906s
  16. Tito Rabat ESP Reale Avintia (GP17) 41m 30.279s
  17. Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 41m 42.936s
  18. Hafizh Syahrin MAL Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1) 41m 47.687s
  19. Takaaki Nakagami JPN LCR Honda (RC213V) 41m 47.900s
  20. Thomas Luthi SWI EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 42m 1.716s

Danilo Petrucci ITA Pramac Ducati (GP18) DNF

Xavier Simeon ESP Reale Avintia (GP16) DNF

Karel Abraham CZE Angel Nieto Team (GP16) DNF

World Championship standings:

  1. Marc Marquez SPA Repsol Honda (RC213V) 140 points
  2. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 99 points (-41)
  3. Maverick Viñales SPA Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 93 points (-47)
  4. Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1) 81 points (-59)
  5. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (GP18) 79 points (-61)
  6. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 79 points (-61)
  7. Jorge Lorenzo SPA Ducati Team (GP18) 75 points (-65)
  8. Danilo Petrucci ITA Pramac Ducati (GP18) 71 points (-69)
  9. Andrea Iannone ITA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 71 points (-69)
  10. Jack Miller AUS Pramac Ducati (GP17) 55 points (-85)
  11. Alex Rins SPA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 53 points (-87)
  12. Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda (RC213V) 41 points (-99)
  13. Alvaro Bautista SPA Angel Nieto Team (GP17) 33 points (-107)
  14. Pol Espargaro SPA Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 32 points (-108)
  15. Tito Rabat SPA Reale Avintia (GP17) 27 points (-113)
  16. Franco Morbidelli ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 19 points (-121)
  17. Hafizh Syahrin MAL Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1) 17 points (-123)
  18. Aleix Espargaro SPA Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 16 points (-124)
  19. Scott Redding GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 11 points (-129)
  20. Takaaki Nakagami JPN LCR Honda (RC213V) 10 points (-130)
  21. Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 7 points (-133)
  22. Mika Kallio FIN Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 6 points (-134)
  23. Karel Abraham CZE Angel Nieto Team (GP16) 4 points (-136)

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