MotoGP Dutch: Fabio Quartararo Takes Dominant Victory in Yamaha 1-2 at Assen
- MotoGP Dutch watched Fabio Quartararo (Monster Yamaha) claimed his fourth victory of 2021 to head a Yamaha 1-2 ahead of his team-mate Maverick Vinales (Monster Yamaha) at the Motul TT Assen.
Reigning world champion Joan Mir (Suzuki Ecstar) completed the podium, following Italian Grand Prix.
Johann Zarco (Pramac Ducati) finished 4th and Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM) was 5th.
Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Team) had been exceeding track limits too many times in his attempts to hold second and was slapped with a long lap penalty, which he served on lap 15. Finally he was 6th.
Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) came from 20th position to 7th, even though he bruised from Friday's huge highside.
Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Gresini) was 8th, and Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda) held a spot top 3 briefly, but finally finished 9th.
Pol Espargaro (Repsol Honda) was 10th. Alex Rins (Suzuki Ecstar) recovered from last to 11th after early contact with Johann Zarco.
Valentino Rossi (Petronas Yamaha SRT) crashed at Turn 7, with Iker Lecuona (Tech3 KTM Factory Racing) crashing unhurt at Turn 17. Jorge Martin (Pramac Racing) retired halfway through the race.
Also, Jack Miller (Ducati Team) crashed unhurt at Turn 5.
The result marks Fabio Quartararo extends his lead at the top of the championship to 34 points over Johann Zarco, with Francesco Bagnaia 47 adrift ahead of Joan Mir a further eight points back.
Fabio Quartararo said, “To be honest it was a tough one. When I had Pecco [Bagnaia] in front; he's impossible to overtake. I have no words to say what is the possibility to overtake. He was already closing the lines, and with the power out of (turn) six is so fast and I tried many times out of (turn) 12. I hit many times the outside of his bike and then I see that I had the potential to go on the inside of 12. I never expected to overtake there, but finally it was the perfect spot. Really tough one because I made two big mistakes; out of 12 the bike was shaking until turn 15, and one on turn six where I go too much lean angle on the line and almost lose the rear, but the most important is the position we finish today and we bring 25 points. I've learned a lot! For me this is always a great thing to learn when you have not the result, but you can always take something. Last year I didn't take the result, I didn't take the opportunity to fight at the end of the season for the championship. But I take this experience and it's worth it. So, right now I'm feeling much better.”
Motul TT Assen Grand Prix Race Results
- Fabio Quartararo / Monster Yamaha / 40m 35.031s
- Maverick Viñales / Monster Yamaha / +2.757s
- Joan Mir / Suzuki Ecstar / +5.760s
- Johann Zarco / Pramac Ducati / +6.130s
- Miguel Oliveira / Red Bull KTM / +8.402s
- Francesco Bagnaia / Ducati Team / +10.035s
- Marc Marquez / Repsol Honda / +10.110s
- Aleix Espargaro / Aprilia Gresini / +10.346s
- Takaaki Nakagami / LCR Honda / +12.225s
- Pol Espargaro / Repsol Honda / +18.565s
- Alex Rins / Suzuki Ecstar / +21.372s
- Brad Binder RSA / Bull KTM / +21.676s
- Danilo Petrucci / KTM Tech3 / +27.783s
- Alex Marquez / LCR Honda / +29.772s
- Enea Bastianini / Avintia Ducati / +32.785s
- Lorenzo Savadori / Aprilia Gresini / +37.573s
- Garrett Gerloff / Petronas Yamaha / +53.213s
- Luca Marini / Sky VR46 Avintia Ducati / +66.791s
- source : MotoGP