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The Doctor Delivers 80th Premier Class Win at Assen

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Valentino Rossi delivered a faultless performance overnight to win the Grand Prix of The Netherlands, his 80th Premier class victory and his first win since 2010.

Having shown race winning pace all weekend in all conditions ‰Û÷The Doctor‰Ûª was faultless in Saturday‰Ûªs TT race. The nine-time World Champion held his fourth position from the grid into the first turn then started looking for a way past Stefan Bradl for third.

By the second lap he was past and with just 22 laps to go he moved past Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez into the first corner for second, beginning the hunt for current championship leader Dani Pedrosa and victory. It took just one lap more and Rossi was able to dive past Pedrosa into the final chicane for a race lead he would hold to the flag, crossing the line to a sea of yellow flags and a well deserved return to form.

‰ÛÏToday was something special, this is one of the best victories in my career because it is one of the most wanted and expected for such a lot of time," Rossi said.

"I‰Ûªm so happy because I won a real race where all my opponents were very strong and very fast, apart from Jorge with his injury. It was great from the beginning, I had a good feeling, I could overtake on braking and I felt good on the bike.

"It was difficult but the finish line was calling me so I had to arrive as fast as possible. We have made a step with the bike, I can ride in a better way so we have to try and stay with the top guys every weekend. Jorge rode an incredible race, we have to say a special great congratulations because he had great courage to do this and also he made an important step for his Championship.‰Û
Marquez leads Pedrosa and Crutchlow early in the race.
The win puts Rossi on 85 points, now just two behind Cal Crutchlow in fourth place in the championship race. Crutchlow put in a spirited effort in the closing laps to try and pass Marquez for second but in the end touched the Spaniard and was forced to settle for third. Dani Pedrosa held on for 4th.

"Overall the pace was faster than I had expected," Marquez explained. "At the start and throughout the race both Dani and Valentino were very strong. In fact, Valentino was simply faster than us today. I could only pass Dani towards the end because at first I had a lot of trouble. Once I was ahead of Dani, I tried to catch Valentino, but my arm began to affect me and I couldn?t brake in my normal way, due to my injured finger. In the end we took 20 points after good battle with Cal, and I think I defended pretty well against him. In general, we can say we?ve done a good job all weekend. I would also like to congratulate Valentino, as it's always good for motorcycle racing when he is up at the front."?
Rossi hit the front early and was never headed. Photo: Yamaha
Starting from pole position for the first time in his premier class career after a sensational qualifying performance the day before, Crutchlow found himself down in fifth place in a frenetic opening to the 65th running of the historic Dutch TT. But after clawing his way back into contention and a hectic battle with Marquez before claiming a richly deserved fifth MotoGP podium with third that keeps him in fourth position in the World Championship standings

‰ÛÏI am really happy to be back on the podium after the disappointment of Barcelona," Crutchlow said. "It was a great battle right to the end and once again I showed my speed and I was close to finishing second and that would have matched my best result in MotoGP. But obviously after starting from pole position I wanted to win the race and had it not been for me struggling with the full fuel tank in the first five laps, I think I had a chance to fight with Valentino. I can‰Ûªt turn the bike on a full fuel load and then Jorge passed me and he was riding amazing considering his physical condition.

"It took me a while to get back by him but then I chased down Dani and Marc but it was a case of too little, too late. It was close with Marc on the last lap and I think we touched, so we were lucky he got back on the throttle when he did otherwise both of us could have been in the grandstand!

"Being back on the podium is great for Monster, Tech 3 and Yamaha and it is another positive result for the Championship. Before the start of the season, if somebody had said I would have been on the podium three times in seven races and been so consistently fast with the best riders in the world, then I would have been happy. Now we go to Germany in a positive frame of mind and hoping to get back on the rostrum again.‰Û
Jorge Lorenzo was incredible to finish 5th just 36 hours after having his collar bone plated and pinned.
Jorge Lorenzo also shone. The World Champion gave everything he had and more, defying the pain from collarbone surgery just 36 hours ago in a heroic effort to race. Lorenzo had started from 12th on the grid but had risen to eighth by turn three. By the second lap he had climbed to fifth and was chasing down satellite Yamaha rider Cal Crutchlow in fourth.

With 23 laps to go he had passed Crutchlow and began to close the gap to Marquez in third. As the laps wound down exhaustion set in and with 11 to go Lorenzo was re-passed by Crutchlow. With grim determination he managed to maintain pace for fifth position and rolled into the Yamaha pits to an applauding team. The remarkable feat means Lorenzo holds second in the Championship and is just nine points behind Pedrosa as they head to Sachsenring in two weeks time.

‰ÛÏIt would have been impossible to believe some minutes after my crash that this could happen," Lorenzo explained.

"We were brave to make the operation the same day, if I had waited to Friday the doctors would not have let me race. We made the race today and I was very brave in the first laps because passing the riders with a collarbone like this under braking was really hard.

"I felt quite good physically at the beginning of the race but after lap seven every lap was worse; it was more difficult to change direction, to brake and to accelerate so I couldn't do more than fifth position. We only lost two points to Dani who is leading the Championship. This fifth position is better than any victory I have had in my career. I hope to have a good recovery for Germany, I will not be 100% but I hope to be better than here," The Spaniard concluded.

Even though it was not one of his best day, Dani Pedrosa still maintained his championship lead with his 4th place finish. The Spaniard was also full of praise for his compatriot Lorenzo on his amazing feat.

"Overall this weekend we had very negative feelings and in the end we managed an okay race," Pedrosa lamented. "Now it is time to move on, relax and get ready for the next round. Finally, congratulations to Jorge, because what he did today and how he did it was very impressive. I take my hat off to him,"?

Main Photo: Rossi back on top after almost three years without a win
Credit: Yamaha Racing

Assen Event results - Round 7
1 Valentino Rossi 41m25.202s ITA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
2 Marc Marquez 2.170 ESP HONDA Repsol Honda Team
3 Cal Crutchlow 4.073 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
4 Dani Pedrosa 7.832 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
5 Jorge Lorenzo 15.510 SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
6 Stefan Bradl 27.519 GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
7 Alvaro Bautista 31.598 SPA HONDA Go & Fun Honda Gresini
8 Aleix Espargaro 32.405 ESP ART Power Electronics Aspar
9 Bradley Smith 33.751 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
10 Andrea Dovizioso 33.801 ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
11 Nicky Hayden 34.371 USA DUCATI Ducati Team
12 Randy De Puniet 57.674 FRA ART Power Electronics Aspar
13 Andrea Iannone 1'01.424 ITA DUCATI Ignite Pramac Racing
14 Michele Pirro 1'01.561 ITA DUCATI Ignite Pramac Racing
15 Karel Abraham 1'04.426 CZE ART Cardion AB Motoracing
16 Danilo Petrucci 1'11.114 ITA IODA Came IodaRacing Project
17 Colin Edwards 1'15.249 USA FTR NGM Forward Racing
18 Claudio Corti 1'24.884 ITA FTR NGM Forward Racing
19 Yonny Hernandez 1'25.854 COL ART Paul Bird Motorsport
20 Hector Barbera 1'25.978 SPA FTR Avintia Blusens
21 Bryan Staring 1'26.256 AUS HONDA Go & Fun Honda Gresini
22 Michael Laverty 1'26.610 WAL ART Paul Bird Motorsport
23 Ivan Silva 1'38.173 ESP FTR Avintia Blusens
24 Lukas Pesek DNF CZE IODA Came IodaRacing Project

Championship standings
1 Dani Pedrosa 136 pts SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Jorge Lorenzo 127 pts SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
3 Marc Marquez 113 pts ESP HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4 Cal Crutchlow 87 pts GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
5 Valentino Rossi 85 pts ITA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
6 Andrea Dovizioso 65 pts ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
7 Stefan Bradl 51 pts GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
8 Nicky Hayden 50 pts USA DUCATI Ducati Team
9 Alvaro Bautista 47 pts SPA HONDA Go & Fun Honda Gresini
10 Aleix Espargaro 44 pts ESP ART Power Electronics Aspar
11 Bradley Smith 41 pts GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
12 Michele Pirro 30 pts ITA DUCATI Ignite Pramac Racing
13 Andrea Iannone 24 pts ITA DUCATI Ignite Pramac Racing
14 Randy De Puniet 15 pts FRA ART Power Electronics Aspar
15 Hector Barbera 13 pts SPA FTR Avintia Blusens
16 Danilo Petrucci 13 pts ITA IODA Came IodaRacing Project
17 Colin Edwards 10 pts USA FTR NGM Forward Racing
18 Ben Spies 9 pts USA DUCATI Ignite Pramac Racing
19 Yonny Hernandez 6 pts COL ART Paul Bird Motorsport
20 Claudio Corti 4 pts ITA FTR NGM Forward Racing
21 Michael Laverty 3 pts WAL ART Paul Bird Motorsport
22 Karel Abraham 3 pts CZE ART Cardion AB Motoracing
23 Bryan Staring 2 pts AUS HONDA Go & Fun Honda Gresini
24 Javier del Amor 1 pts ESP FTR Avintia Blusens
25 Hiroshi Aoyama 1 pts JPN FTR Avintia Blusens
26 Lukas Pesek 0 pts CZE IODA Came IodaRacing Project
27 Ivan Silva 0 pts ESP FTR Avintia Blusens
28 Blake Young 0 pts USA APRILIA Attack Performance

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