Spain’s Jorge Lorenzo put in another textbook performance at the weekend, leaving his rivals trailing as he led from the front at this round seven event to win the 80th Dutch TT at Assen and take his fourth victory of the season.
In doing so he becomes only the seventh rider in history to have won in three or more classes at the historic racetrack, with 125cc, 250cc and MotoGP wins to his name.
Fellow Spaniard Daniel Pedrosa (Honda) finished runner-up with Australian Ducati rider Casey Stoner rounding out the podium.
Meanwhile Tech 3 Yamaha rider Ben Spies, of the United States, ensured that there were still two Yamahas in the top four, despite the absence of injured world champion Valentino Rossi, with another brilliant performance to back up his maiden podium last week.
Mallorcan Lorenzo had looked the man to beat all weekend after topping both practice and qualifying and he got a great start from pole position and quickly pulled out a second’s gap, but by lap five Pedrosa and Stoner were looming large behind him and for a few laps it looked as if a tense three-way battle was in the offing.
However Lorenzo’s choice of the harder Bridgestone tyre soon began to pay off and, with a lighter fuel load by mid-race distance, he was able to step things up a notch and gave himself an unassailable lead, crossing the line 2.935 seconds ahead of Pedrosa, with Stoner third and Spies fourth.
The Fiat Yamaha man’s second win on the bounce sees him extend his championship lead to an impressive 47 points from Pedrosa, while Rossi remains fourth in the standings. The next round comes in just a week’s time at Barcelona in Spain, when Wataru Yoshikawa will join the Fiat Yamaha Team to fill in until Rossi is back on board his M1.
“This race was a bit more difficult than Silverstone because Dani was so fast with the softer tyre early on in the race and I had to really keep my concentration to stay in front of him at that point,” sais Lorenzo.
“I was confident that my harder Bridgestone tyre would help me later on and this was the case, so we made the right choice. It wasn’t easy though and at the end I was sliding quite a lot, in fact I made a mistake at the chicane and nearly crashed so I was quite glad to finish! I am really happy that I have won here in all three classes because it’s such a historic place and the football I had in Parc Ferme was to celebrate this ‘hat-trick.’ Thanks to all my Yamaha guys and also to Bridgestone for this win, we have a big lead in the championship so we can afford to stay calm and relaxed. Now we go to my home in Barcelona and I am excited about another chance to race in front of the Spanish fans.”
2010 MotoGP Netherlands – Assen 26/06/2010
1 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha ESP 41’18.629
2 Daniel Pedrosa Honda ESP 0’02.935
3 Casey Stoner Ducati AUS 0’07.022
4 Ben Spies Yamaha USA 0’13.265
5 Andrea Dovizioso Honda ITA 0’15.323
6 Randy De Puniet Honda FRA 0’15.772
7 Nicky Hayden Ducati USA 0’25.867
8 Colin Edwards Yamaha USA 0’28.991
9 Marco Simoncelli Honda ITA 0’35.658
10 Aleix Espargaro Ducati ESP 0’35.837
11 Mika Kallio Ducati FIN 0’56.769
12 Hector Barbera Ducati ESP 0’56.890
13 Loris Capirossi Suzuki ITA 1’00.615
14 Alvaro Bautista Suzuki ESP 1’08.074
15 Kousuke Akiyoshi Honda JPN -1Laps
RIDER STANDINGS 26/06/2010
1. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha ESP 140
2. Daniel Pedrosa Honda ESP 93
3. Andrea Dovizioso Honda ITA 89
4. Nicky Hayden Ducati USA 61
5. Valentino Rossi Yamaha ITA 61
6. Randy De Puniet Honda FRA 56
7. Casey Stoner Ducati AUS 51
8. Ben Spies Yamaha USA 49
9. Marco Simoncelli Honda ITA 39
10. Colin Edwards Yamaha USA 34
11. Marco Melandri Honda ITA 32
12. Aleix Espargaro Ducati ESP 28
13. Hector Barbera Ducati ESP 28
14. Mika Kallio Ducati FIN 20
15. Hiroshi Aoyama Honda JPN 18