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

    Published On Jul 01, 2019 09:04:00 PM

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    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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