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GP Week : Issue 205
motogp – rACe mArC Viii Marc Marquez was not quite perfect at Assen. In tricky conditions, and with most if the Factory entries taking to the track early to get a lap in before the weather turned, he had to give best to Aleix espargaro in Qualifying, and then followed Andrea Dovizioso through the first part of the race. Marquez nearly dropped the Honda on lap 7, and the Italian bike got 4s clear. It was not looking good. By the end of the race, Marquez was 6.7s in front of the Ducati. It was an astonishing turnaround, and showed just why the spanish youngster is valued so highly by Honda. The race started in tricky conditions, with Valentino Rossi starting the race from the pitlane after briefly deciding to try slick tyres on the second on his sighting laps. He was soon chasing the field on his wet-shod M1, and when they all stopped to jump onto their slick-shod spare bikes, Marquez was the best at that too, literally leaping from one RCV213V to the other. Dovi held on to give Ducati an encouraging second place ahead of Dani Pedrosa, with espargaro fourth. Rossi was an amazing fifth, in spite of being last at the first corner. The placings were rounded out by Andrea Iannone on the Pramac Ducati, Alvaro Bautista on the Gresini Honda, Bradley smith on the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha and Ducati’s Cal Crutchlow. It was a diabolical race for jorge lorenzo, who struggled to 13th on his works Yamaha. He went backwards at about the same rate and his teammate went forwards. MOTOGP >>> nEWs 19 GPWEEK.com // 19 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: