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Spaniard fights through tough leading pack for fourth victory of 2018 season.
Marc Marquez managed his tyres brilliantly to produce a late burst through a tricky leading pack and grab victory at the Dutch GP in Assen. Here is all you need to know:
– The Spaniard started on pole position, however he did not have the race all his own way as Andrea Dovizioso, Maverick Vinales, Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo fought hard.
– The lead changed hands several times with Marquez forced to come back through the field to pick off riders before he claimed the lead for good with a few laps left.
– It was a brilliant race strategy as he went on to record the fastest lap on carefully managed tyres that saw him claim his fourth victory of 2018 by over two seconds.
– The 25-year-old said: “I knew it would be difficult to open a gap because the wind was so strong on the back straight. I decided to wait, but the transition to the lead was a big fight. I think I had contact with everybody! In the end, I tried to push and manage my tyres. I gave everything for the small winning gap and the 25 points.”
– Alex Rins blasted his way through late on to take an excellent second for Suzuki Ecstar with Vinales making it an all-Spanish podium on his Movistar Yamaha.
– Marquez’s Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa ended in 15th with the Red Bull KTM Factory duo of Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith 12th and 17th respectively.
– Four-time champion Marquez now holds a 41-point title lead over MotoGP legend Rossi with Pedrosa 12th.