MotoGP Dutch GP: Francesco Bagnaia Wins Motul TT Assen, Brad Binder Loses Third with Penalty
Motul TT Assen watched Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo) took his fourth victory of 2023 season on June 25, 2023. It is his back-to-back wins at the TT Circuit Assen following 2022.
The SprintRace winner Marco Bezzecchi (Mooney VR46 Ducati) was 2nd behind Francesco Bagnaia by 1.223s.
Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM) finished 3rd, but a penalty for he handed the position to Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing) in 4th. He had also secured 3rd in the Sprint Race yesterday, but a Track Limits penalty dropped him to 4th.
German GP winner Jorge Martin (Pramac Ducati) was 5th, followed by, Alex Marquez (Gresini Ducati) and Luca Marini (Mooney VR46 Ducati) finished 6th and 7th, respectively.
Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda) was 8th, which became his best result of 2023. Franco Morbidelli (Monster Yamaha) in 9th and Augusto Fernandez (Tech3 GASGAS) in 10th rounded out the top 10.
This time, only 14 riders in 22 finished the race, regular front-runners Jack Miller (Red Bull KTM ), Fabio Quartararo (Monster Yamaha), Johann Zarco (Pramac Ducati), Maverick Vinales (Aprilia Racing) and Enea Bastianini (Ducati Lenovo) all failed to finish.
Also, Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) withdrew the race due to a rib fracture.
Francesco Bagnaia said, “It's fantastic, it wasn't easy... I just managed to open a gap in the last laps, I was quite on the limit. I love this track. We improved this morning, we tried something different because we realised that this bike in certain situations needs a different setting, and it worked. I'm happy for that and happy that my team gave me what I was asking for. Sincerely today was quite tough, very long and the conditions were critical for the tyres. This morning in the warmup, everything was perfect but this afternoon the rear tyre was sliding around, I thought it was just me, but then I saw it was more or less the same for everyone. To be honest I prefer the longer race, because you have to administer and control everything more, I feel better doing that because sometimes in the shorter race you take too many risks. We've improved a lot in consistency in the last few races, we must continue like this. I'm happy to finish the first part of the season in this position; we can now go to the summer break with a positive balance of the first part of the season.”
Brad Binder said, “I think we did a good job today - until the last lap. And for that I'm extremely, extremely sorry to my team because I took away two podiums for them. They've done a great job, put in a huge effort and I'm sorry to mess it up like that. I didn't know I'd even touched it. And then we went to turn 1 and Aleix was pointing at the green. Then I saw the TV and I was like, 'How did I do that again?' Anyway, it's it is what it is. I touched it by maybe a couple of millimetres again. The rules are the rules. I feel like f**king brain-dead to do it again! I'll try to make up for it in Silverstone.”
Motul TT Assen Race Results
- Francesco Bagnaia / Ducati Lenovo / 40m 37.64s
- Marco Bezzecchi / Mooney VR46 Ducati / +1.223s
- Aleix Espargaro / Aprilia Racing / +1.925s
- Brad Binder / Red Bull KTM / +1.528s
- Jorge Martin / Pramac Ducati / +1.934s
- Alex Marquez / Gresini Ducati / +12.437s
- Luca Marini / Mooney VR46 Ducati / +14.174s
- Takaaki Nakagami / LCR Honda / +14.616s
- Franco Morbidelli / Monster Yamaha / +29.335s
- Augusto Fernandez / Tech3 GASGAS / +33.736s
- Lorenzo Savadori / Aprilia Factory / +35.084s
- Raul Fernandez / RNF Aprilia / +39.622s
- Stefan Bradl / LCR Honda / +42.504s
- Jonas Folger / Tech3 GASGAS / +45.609s
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