Rossi takes dramatic win after epic duel with Marquez at Dutch Grand Prix 2015

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Valentino Rossi managed to hold on to his lead after making contact with Marc Márquez at the final corner to win in Assen.

Valentino Rossi managed to hold on to his lead after making contact with Marc Márquez at the final corner to win in Assen. Photo Credit – Vincent Jannink/AP

A massive crowd of over 97,000 fans witnessed one of the greatest MotoGP™ battles ever today, as nine-times World Champion Valentino Rossi secured a dramatic last corner victory against Marc Marquez at the legendary TT Circuit Assen. After a thrilling race-long duel, Marquez made a brave move on Rossi as the duo entered the final chicane on the last lap.

There was contact between the pair, which forced Rossi to run straight on through the gravel at the Geert Timmer chicane. The Italian managed managed to stay upright though and went on to take the chequered flag 1.242s ahead of Marquez, claiming his third win of the season and first from pole position since Misano in 2009.

Marquez tried to overtake the Italian nine-time champion on the final chicane of the race and the pair appeared to touch, forcing Marquez to slow down and sending Rossi through the gravel before he crossed the line ahead of Marquez.

Marquez tried to overtake the Italian nine-time champion on the final chicane of the race and the pair appeared to touch, forcing Marquez to slow down and sending Rossi through the gravel before he crossed the line ahead of Marquez. Photo Credit – MotoGP.com

Movistar Yamaha’s Rossi, starting from pole for the first time since Valencia last season, led into the first corner and it didn’t take Marquez long to join him after starting from third on the grid, overtaking Aleix Espargaro on the first lap to move into second.

A dramatic return to form for Marc Marquez at the Motul TT Assen where once again the infamous last chicane decided the race.

A dramatic return to form for Marc Marquez at the Motul TT Assen where once again the infamous last chicane decided the race. Photo Credit – MotoGP.com

Marquez was happy to sit behind Rossi for most of the race, before making his move and taking the lead into turn 1 on lap 20. Rossi bided his time, and then responded with three laps to go to retake the lead at turn 10. The Italian then put in his fastest lap of the race in an effort to pull away, but Marquez responded on the final lap to get within striking distance once again as the duo approached the final chicane.

Rossi’s teammate Jorge Lorenzo enjoyed a brilliant start from eighth on the grid, and found himself in third after the first lap. Any hopes the Spaniard had of making it five wins in a row disappeared shortly afterwards though, as Rossi and Marquez pulled away at the front and disappeared off into the distance. The double MotoGP™ World Champion eventually crossed the line 14.576s behind his teammate in a lonely third position and slipped 10-points behind Rossi in the World Championship standings.

Ducati Team’s Andrea Iannone (+19.109s) was another four seconds back to finish in a lonely fourth. Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Pol Espargaro won an incredible battle for fifth that saw four riders all finish within 0.4s of each other. The Spaniard also finished as the leading Satellite rider after he crossed the line just 0.105s ahead of CWM LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow in sixth. Espargaro’s teammate Bradley Smith was seventh in front of Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa (+24.656s), who had fought back valiantly after a crash in the earlier Warm Up session and a disastrous start that saw him down in 12th after the first lap.

The Team Suzuki Ecstar duo of Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Viñales were next across the line in ninth and tenth respectively, ahead of Octo Pramac Racing’s Danilo Petrucci (11th) and the second Factory Ducati of Andrea Dovizioso in twelfth.

2015 Dutch Grand Prix Motul TT Assen – Barbera and Miller crash.

Photo Credit - Crash.net

Photo Credit - Crash.net

Photo Credit - Crash.net

Photo Credit - Crash.net

EG 0,0 Marc VDS’s Scott Redding finished 46.663s back from Rossi in 13th, while Loris Baz (Athina Forward Racing) took the Open class victory for the second time in three races ahead of Aspar MotoGP Team’s Nicky Hayden who crossed the line in 16th.

Hector Barbera and Jack Miller were involved in a crash on the very first lap that resulted in the Spaniard having to go to the medical centre for checks on his right leg, although he was later declared free of injury. Alex De Angelis, Eugene Laverty and Stefan Bradl also crashed out; with the latter finding out he had fractured the scaphoid in his right wrist after an X-ray at the Medical Centre.

Valentino Rossi wins in dramatic fashion after an incredible race-long battle with Marc Marquez at the Motul TT Assen.

Valentino Rossi wins in dramatic fashion after an incredible race-long battle with Marc Marquez at the Motul TT Assen. Photo Credit – MotoGP.com

Rossi’s (163pts) victory, his 85th in the premier class, means he has extended his lead in the championship standings over Lorenzo (153pts) to 10 points with ten races to go. The ninth race of the season will be at Sachsenring in Germany in two weeks’ time.

 

2015 Dutch Grand Prix Motul TT Assen - Podium Winner.

2015 Dutch Grand Prix Motul TT Assen – Podium Winner from left – Marquez, Rossi and Lorenzo. Photo Credit – MotoGP.com

MotoGP Dutch Grand Prix 2015 Result
Pos. Rider Time/Gap
1 Valentino ROSSI 40’54.037
2 Marc MARQUEZ +1.242
3 Jorge LORENZO +14.576
4 Andrea IANNONE +19.109
5 Pol ESPARGARO +24.268
6 Cal CRUTCHLOW +24.373
7 Bradley SMITH +24.442
8 Dani PEDROSA +24.656
9 Aleix ESPARGARO +26.725
10 Maverick VINALES +27.238
11 Danilo PETRUCCI +29.038
12 Andrea DOVIZIOSO +29.418
13 Scott REDDING +46.663
14 Yonny HERNANDEZ +49.305
15 Loris BAZ +52.396
16 Nicky HAYDEN +56.005
17 Alvaro BAUTISTA +59.857
18 Mike DI MEGLIO +1’14.513
19 Marco MELANDRI 1 Lap

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