Jorge Lorenzo took his 4th victory in 6 races today at Assen.
In a race not unlike last week’s British GP at Silverstone, Jorge Lorenzo made an immediate break from pole position to stretch a lead out over the rest of the pack.
Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner both managed to find enough rhythm and speed to catch up to Lorenzo for a while, but both riders dropped back during the final 3rd of the race and Lorenzo took victory with a comfortable 3 second lead over Pedrosa. Casey Stoner complained of suffering from arm-pump after the race and claimed that was the reason for him not being able to push harder to pass Pedrosa and take on Lorenzo – something he said he felt his Ducati was capable of.
Ben Spies put in another respectable performance to take 4th position. Ben Spies had a strong start and was holding on to second place for the first few laps, but it was soon clear that Pedrosa and Stoner had more pace and subsequently passed him.
Randy de Puniet and Andrea Dovizioso had a thrilling battle for 5th place, with de Puniet looing like he was pushing his Honda to breaking point over the final few laps whilst he was swapping places with Dovizioso. Dovi eventually got the better of the battle and saved his blushes by getting his factory Honda over the line just in front of de Puniet’s satellite Honda.
Assen MotoGP Result:
1. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Fiat Yamaha Team 41m 18.629s
2. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team 41m 21.564s
3. Casey Stoner AUS Ducati Marlboro Team 41m 25.651s
4. Ben Spies USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 41m 31.894s
5. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Repsol Honda Team 41m 33.952s
6. Randy de Puniet FRA LCR Honda MotoGP 41m 34.401s
7. Nicky Hayden USA Ducati Marlboro Team 41m 44.496s
8. Colin Edwards USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 41m 47.620s
9. Marco Simoncelli ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini 41m 54.287s
10. Aleix Espargaro ESP Pramac Racing 41m 54.466s
11. Mika Kallio FIN Pramac Racing 42m 15.398s
12. Hector Barbera ESP Paginas Amarillas Aspar 42m 15.519s
13. Loris Capirossi ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 42m 19.244s
14. Alvaro Bautista ESP Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 42m 26.703s
15. Kousuke Akiyoshi JPN Interwetten Honda MotoGP 41m 42.019s
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