Marquez muscles his way through for Dutch GP win and big title lead

Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team

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.


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