MotoGP: The Doctor Delivers 80th Premier Class Win at Assen

Valentino Rossi wins at Assen

Yamaha Factory Racing Press Release:

Valentino Rossi delivered a faultless performance today 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 ‘The Doctor’ was faultless in today’s 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 Marc Marquez into the first corner for second, beginning the hunt for 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. The win puts Rossi on 85 points, now just two behind Cal Crutchlow in fourth place.

While his teammate rightly deserved the honors for an amazing victory, Jorge Lorenzo also shone today. 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.

Valentino Rossi on the podium at Assen

Valentino Rossi #46

1st / 41'25.202 / 26 laps

“Today 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. I’m 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.”

Jorge Lorenzo race action from Assen

Jorge Lorenzo #99:

5th / +15.510 / 26 laps

"It would have been impossible to believe some minutes after my crash that this could happen. 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 victory for Valentino and the third for Crutchlow are good for the Championship, I would have preferred Cal to finish in front of Marc but you can't always have perfection! I am happy for Valentino, more than two years without winning has been hard for him so I'm happy for my box partner. After Aragon I think he made some improvements and here he took profit from the opportunity. Lets see what happens in Sachsenring as last year we had some issues and the Hondas were strong but I think if I can improve my physical condition I can be more competitive than this race."

Wilco Zeelenberg - Team Manager:

“If you would have asked me a quote before the race I would have said we need to finish and get some points. To fight for the first fifteen laps at least and to be there with the front boys was unbelievable for Jorge. Finishing fifth, having Vale winning the race and having Cal also on the podium is great for Yamaha. The result is great for us as we lose just two points to Dani. I think that is what this race was all about, damage control, we had to try to finish and for sure not to crash.”

Massimo Meregalli - Team Director:

“It has been a double victory today, so great for both results. Vale is back with a victory after two years and eighth months and the last one was also with Yamaha so it has been a great result for all of us. We were also able to gain some points against our competitors so for me it was a very special victory. Jorge did something really incredible. He showed he has the determination that is not normal. That he could race having had surgery just two days ago, has been very impressive, I know what a rider can physically feel when you are on the bike and injured. At the end we also only lost two points to Pedrosa. For me this is going to be an unforgettable weekend. We will leave this place in a really good mood and for sure we are going to start the next weekend totally full gas.”

Results:

1.    Valentino Rossi (ITA)    Yamaha Factory Racing

2.    Marc Marquez (SPA)    Repsol Honda Team

3.    Cal Crutchlow (GBR)    Monster Yamaha Tech3

4.    Dani Pedrosa (SPA)    Repsol Honda Team

5.    Jorge Lorenzo (SPA)    Yamaha Factory Racing

6.    Stefan Bradl (GER)    LCR Honda MotoGP

7.    Alvaro Bautista (SPA)    Go&Fun Honda Gresini

8.    Aleix Espargaro (SPA)    Power Electronics Aspar

9.    Bradley Smith (GBR)    Monster Yamaha Tech3

10.    Andrea Dovizioso (ITA)    Ducati Team

11.    Nicky Hayden (USA)    Ducati Team

12.    Randy De Puniet (FRA)    Power Electronics Aspar

13.    Andrea Iannone (ITA)    Pramac Racing Team

14.    Michele Pirro (ITA)    Ignite Pramac Racing

15.    Karel Abraham (CZE)    Cardion AB Motoracing

16.    Danilo Petrucci (ITA)    Came Iodaracing Project

17.    Colin Edwards (USA)    NGM Mobile Forward Racing

18.    Claudio Corti (ITA)    NGM Mobile Forward Racing

19.    Yonny Hernandez (COL)    Paul Bird Motorsport

20.    Hector Barbera (SPA)    Avintia Blusens

21.    Bryan Staring (AUS)    Go&Fun Honda Gresini

22.    Michael Laverty (GBR)    Paul Bird Motorsport

23.    Ivan Silva (SPA)    Avintia Racing

24.    Lukas Pesek (CZE)    Came IodaRacing Project

Championship Standings:

1.    Dani Pedrosa (SPA)    Repsol Honda Team    136

2.    Jorge Lorenzo (SPA)    Yamaha Factory Racing    127

3.    Marc Marquez (SPA)    Repsol Honda Team    113

4.    Cal Crutchlow (GBR)    Monster Yamaha Tech3    87

5.    Valentino Rossi (ITA)    Yamaha Factory Racing    85

6.    Andrea Dovizioso (ITA)    Ducati Team    65

7.    Stefan Bradl (GER)    LCR Honda MotoGP    51

8.    Nicky Hayden (USA)    Ducati Team    50

9.    Alvaro Bautista (SPA)    Go&Fun Honda Gresini    47

10.    Aleix Espargaro (SPA)    Power Electronics Aspar    44

11.    Bradley Smith (GBR)    Monster Yamaha Tech3    41

12.    Michele Pirro (ITA)    Ignite Pramac Racing    30

13.    Andrea Iannone (ITA)    Pramac Racing Team    24

14.    Randy De Puniet (FRA)    Power Electronics Aspar    15

15.    Danilo Petrucci (ITA)    Came Iodaracing Project    13

16.    Hector Barbera (SPA)    Avintia Blusens    13

17.    Colin Edwards (USA)    NGM Mobile Forward Racing    10

18.    Ben Spies (USA)    Pramac Racing Team    9

19.    Yonny Hernandez (COL)    Paul Bird Motorsport    6

20.    Claudio Corti (ITA)    NGM Mobile Forward Racing    4

21.    Karel Abraham (CZE)    Cardion AB Motoracing    3

22.    Michael Laverty (GBR)    Paul Bird Motorsport    3

23.    Bryan Staring (AUS)    Go&Fun Honda Gresini    2

24.    Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN)    Avintia Blusens    1

25.    Javier Del Amor (SPA)    Avintia Blusens    1

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