MotoGP Assen TT Results 2015

MotorcycleUSA Staff | June 27, 2015

Movistar Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi grabbed his third MotoGP race win of the year in dramatic fashion at Assen, beating Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez at the final corner for the checkers. Rossi’s teammate, Jorge Lorenzo, crossed the line in third.

Rossi was strong from the get-go, taking his first pole position of the year the previous day. He shot off the line to the lead position in the opening turn, followed by Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Aleix Espargaro and Marquez through third. The Repsol Honda rider quickly advanced up to second-place, but Rossi’s early pace was impressive and he had nearly half a second advantage on Marquez by the end of the lap. Lorenzo fought up to third-place from fifth, while Espargaro dropped back in the ranks down to sixth.

The opening rotations saw Rossi, Marquez and Lorenzo stay fairly close to one another, but as the race progressed Lorenzo dropped back, unable to hold the pace of the front runners. Marquez clung tight to Rossi’s rear tire, but showed restraint and didn’t make a move on the Doctor until the beginning of Lap 20.

Valentino Rossi Assen 2015

When Marquez finally did make his move, he was able to make it stick and he remained there for the next four laps. With three to go, Rossi answered back and things began to get heated, Marquez pushing to keep the Yamaha from the lead and the two riders going side-by-side through the corner before Rossi sealed his place at the front. The Doctor pinned it after that, setting his personal best lap of the race on the penultimate rotation, but Marquez proved true to form and wasn’t about to back down.

The Repsol Honda rider waited until the final chicane of the final lap, a spot on track where Rossi had been particularly strong throughout the race, and dove to the inside of the Yamaha for the lead. Rossi was unwilling to cede position and held his line tight and there appeared to be contact between the two. This stood Rossi up and forced him to cut through the gravel as well as the final turn, but it ended to his advantage because he was able to maintain the lead to the line. The two riders provided different accounts of what happened immediately after, Marquez describing the incident as Rossi perhaps unfairly cutting the final corner and Rossi describing it as a move resulting from contact with the Honda. The two were called into race direction after the post-race press conference to review the footage where it was declared a racing incident and no appeal was lodged.

“I pushed, and I don‘t want to say I did a perfect race, but close,” said Rossi. “I saw I was not able to get distance from Marc. It‘s always difficult with him and you know the battle will be very hard, but I was confident that I was competitive and I wanted to try for victory. In the last laps I pushed a lot and I arrived at the last chicane when Marc tried to overtake but he arrived a little bit too late, I was already into the chicane and we touched a little bit and I had to cut the corner. Essentially I had no choice and I was lucky, because I got on the gravel, but I stayed on the throttle even though I didn‘t know how deep it was and I thought there was a chance I could lose control. When I returned to the track I checked the position of Marc, but he had slowed down more than I did. It has been a great weekend and it‘s very important because I increased my point advantage over Jorge. I think that in a championship as close as this, it is very important you take the maximum profit when you are competitive and when you like the track, because for sure we will have some more difficult moments. It was fantastic to come back here with a victory.”

Further back, Ducati’s Andrea Iannone worked his way up to fourth while Tech 3 Yamaha’s Pol Espargaro claimed fifth. Pol had a race-long battle for the spot with a number of riders, including his teammate Andrea Dovizioso, CWM LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow, Aleix Espargaro, Tech 3 Yamaha’s Bradley Smith and Marquez’s teammate, Dani Pedrosa. The group of riders were swapping positions like mad through the bulk of the race, but when the dust settled it was Crutchlow, Smith, Pedrosa and Aleix Espagaro in sixth through ninth position. Suzuki’s Maverick Vinales clawed up to 10th while Dovi dropped back in the ranks to 11th.

Rossi came in to the round at Assen with a single point advantage over Lorenzo in second place and leaves 10 points ahead of his teammate after the win. Iannone sits third followed by Marquez in fourth and Dovizioso in fifth.

MotoGP Assen Results 2015
1. Valentino Rossi (Yamaha)
2. Marc Marquez (Honda)
3. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)
4. Andrea Iannone (Ducati)
5. Pol Espargaro (Yamaha)
6. Cal Crutchlow (Honda)
7. Bradley Smith (Yamaha)
8. Dani Pedrosa (Honda)
9. Aleix Espargaro (Suzuki)
10. Maverick Vinales (Suzuki)
11. Danilo Petrucci (Ducati)
12. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati)
13. Scott Redding (Honda)
14. Yonny Hernandez (Ducati)
15. Loris Baz (Forward Yamaha)
16. Nicky Hayden (Honda)
17. Alvaro Bautista (Aprilia)
18. Mike di Meglio (Ducati)
19. Marco Melandri (Aprilia)

MotoGP Championship Points 2015
1. Valentino Rossi, 163
2. Jorge Lorenzo, 153
3. Andrea Iannone, 107
4. Marc Marquez, 89
5. Andrea Dovizioso, 87
6. Bradley Smith, 77
7. Cal Crutchlow, 57
8. Pol Espargaro, 56
9. Maverick Vinales, 52
10. Dani Pedrosa, 47