Marquez settles for Assen second behind Vinales at Dutch GP

Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team

Spaniard extends MotoGP title lead as Italian rival Dovizioso ends fourth.

Maverick Vinales finally got back on top of the winner’s step of the podium on Sunday as he held off MotoGP title leader Marc Marquez for victory at the Dutch GP in Assen. Here is all you need to know:

– Pole-sitter Fabio Quartararo was surprised by the Suzuki pair of Alex Rins and Joan Mir at the start, however both dropped away to leave the Frenchman with reigning world champion Marquez and the Monster Yahama of fellow Spaniard Vinales to contend with.

– They took turns to lead in the opening half of the race with Quartararo down to third on lap 15 as his more illustrious rivals surged away at the front.

– Vinales ran wide at Turn 1 on lap 18 to give Marquez the upper hand, however he got back in front soon after and pulled clear to win by nearly five seconds from the Repsol Honda man to bank his and Yamaha’s first MotoGP win since Australia last season.

– Marquez’s second place and fourth spot for main rival Andrea Dovizioso and his Ducati mean the Spaniard now holds a 44-point title lead over the Italian heading to the Sachsenring and the German GP next weekend.

 – Marquez, 26, said: “I knew Yamaha were very very strong in practice, so this is like a victory. Vinales – he deserves the win.”

– Spaniard Pol Espargaro ended in 11th for the Red Bull KTM Factory team as French team-mate Johann Zarco failed to finish. Portuguese rider Miguel Oliveira claimed a creditable 13th for Red Bull KTM Tech3 with Malaysian Hafizh Syahrin 15th. Japan’s Takaaki Nakagami also had a frustrating day with his LCR Honda bike a DNF.

Dutch GP top-five result:
1. Maverick Viñales SPA Monster Yamaha 40m 55.415s
2. Marc Marquez SPA Repsol Honda +4.854s
3. Fabio Quartararo FRA Petronas Yamaha +9.738s
4. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Mission Winnow Ducati +14.147s
5. Franco Morbidelli ITA Petronas Yamaha +14.467s

2019 MotoGP rider standings after round 8 of 19:
1. Marc Marquez SPA Repsol Honda 160 points
2. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Mission Winnow Ducati 116
3. Danilo Petrucci ITA Mission Winnow Ducati 108
4. Alex Rins SPA Suzuki Ecstar 101
5. Valentino Rossi ITA Monster Yamaha 72

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