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Assen MotoGP: Vinales holds off Márquez for first win of 2019

1st Jul 2019 9:04 pm

Vinales brought home Yamaha’s first win of the season, finishing ahead of Marc Márquez and Fabio Quartararo.

Maverick Vinales won the 2019 Dutch TT, bringing an end to Yamaha’s win drought in MotoGP. Heading into the race, Vinales was 11th in the championship standings with 40 points, but his race win sees him climb up to 7th on the points table. Meanwhile, Marc Márquez finished the race behind Vinales in 2nd place, further extending his lead to 44 points from Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso.

Fabio Quartararo, who’s been the top rookie of the season, started the race from pole position for the second time this season; but failed to convert it into a win, yet again. He was passed by the factory Suzukis of Alex Rins and Joan Mir off the line. However, Suzuki’s hope for victory suffered a blow when Alex Rins crashed out of the lead on lap 3. Shortly after, Mir ran wide, handing the lead back to Quartararo.

The Frenchman battled an unruly front end and managed to hold the lead, fending off Márquez for most of the race. Following right behind, Vinales was desperate to make a move on the championship leader and finally found the opportunity after Márquez made a mistake and ran wide. Still recovering from an arm-pump surgery, Quartararo was soon passed by Vinales and Márquez, and the front three remained unchanged until the chequered flag.

4th place was hotly contested between Ducati duo Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci, with the former pipping his teammate to the chequered flag. Mir, who was also in contention for the spot, lost pace in the last few laps, eventually finishing 8th. Franco Morbidelli finished 5th, followed by Petrucci and Cal Crutchlow. Jack Miller slotted into 9th place, with Andrea Iannone following him to claim his first top 10 finish of the season.

Valentino Rossi and Takaaki Nakagami were involved in a high-speed crash and KTM’s Johann Zarco retired, making it a total of four DNFs in the race.

Result:

POS

RIDER

TEAM

BIKE

LAPS

GAP

1

Maverick Vinales

Yamaha

Yamaha

26

40m55.415s

2

Marc Marquez

Honda

Honda

26

4.854s

3

Fabio Quartararo

Petronas Yamaha

Yamaha

26

9.738s

4

Andrea Dovizioso

Ducati

Ducati

26

14.147s

5

Franco Morbidelli

Petronas Yamaha

Yamaha

26

14.467s

6

Danilo Petrucci

Ducati

Ducati

26

14.794s

7

Cal Crutchlow

LCR Honda

Honda

26

18.361s

8

Joan Mir

Suzuki

Suzuki

26

24.268s

9

Jack Miller

Pramac Ducati

Ducati

26

26.496s

10

Andrea Iannone

Aprilia

Aprilia

26

26.997s

11

Pol Espargaro

KTM

KTM

26

28.732s

12

Aleix Espargaro

Aprilia

Aprilia

26

34.095s

13

Miguel Oliveira

Tech3 KTM

KTM

26

34.181s

14

Francesco Bagnaia

Pramac Ducati

Ducati

26

34.249s

15

Hafizh Syahrin

Tech3 KTM

KTM

26

34.494s

16

Tito Rabat

Avintia Ducati

Ducati

26

48.357s

17

Karel Abraham

Avintia Ducati

Ducati

25

1 lap

Johann Zarco

KTM

KTM

16

Retirement

Takaaki Nakagami

LCR Honda

Honda

4

Retirement

Valentino Rossi

Yamaha

Yamaha

4

Retirement

Alex Rins

Suzuki

Suzuki

2

Retirement

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