A whole lot of people and fans were present at the track at the 2018 Dutch GP. And they must be glad they came, because it was the best race of this season so far, hands down.
The race quickly picked up the pace and the thrill began right from lap 1. Lorenzo, who started from the 10th position, swiftly gained places within a few corners and was right behind the tail of Marc Marquez who was leading the race. By the time the first lap was finished, Lorenzo overtook Marquez in a fascinating move.
The leading group involved Lorenzo, Marquez, Dovi, and Rossi. The gap between these guys was of under a second, and many passes and close calls were made during the entire race. At one point, Lorenzo was leading and, perhaps, missed a gear while exiting a turn. This caused Rossi to slam into his back at a good speed. Fortunately, none of them went down. Nobody knows how both of them managed to keep their bikes steady.
During the latter part of the race, Alex Rins started picking up the pace. He was quick enough to pass many riders to join the leading pack. Soon after, Maverick Vinales also got his pace right and accompanied the top riders. By this time Lorenzo’s flying speed took a hit and he started to drop places. Even after that amazing starting lap, he finished at 7th position.
Rossi, who was once leading the race, tried his best to keep up but the race was so fierce that he could only finish at 5th. But he really put up an amazing race. It was Rins and Vinales who successfully kept Dovi at the 4th place while crossing the chequered flag at 2nd and 3rd positions respectively.
And it was the reigning world champion, Marc Marquez who once again pushed to the limits and used his experience, skills, talent, and the power of his race bike to win the 2018 Dutch GP. Even though he faced neck-to-neck competition from all of the leading riders, he didn’t give up and eventually came to the top and created a good gap between him and Rins to secure the first place.
This is how races should be, thrilling, exciting, and engaging. It felt like it was Moto2, but it wasn’t. No one knew who’d win because of the intense competition among the riders. Each lap gave a new race leader and then changed it again. This was a race done right. This is going to be a memorable one for sure.
The next race of the 2018 MotoGP is scheduled to take place on 15 July 2018 in Germany.
Race results of 2018 Dutch GP-
Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 41m 13.863s
Alex Rins ESP Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 41m 16.132s
Maverick Viñales ESP Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 41m 16.171s
Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (GP18) 41m 16.285s
Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 41m 16.826s
Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 41m 17.739s
Jorge Lorenzo ESP Ducati Team (GP18) 41m 18.325s
Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1) 41m 20.864s
Alvaro Bautista ESP Angel Nieto Team (GP17) 41m 21.404s
Jack Miller AUS Pramac Ducati (GP17) 41m 26.919s
Andrea Iannone ITA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 41m 28.118s
Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 41m 29.739s
Aleix Espargaro ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 41m 29.849s
Scott Redding GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 41m 29.882s
Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 41m 29.906s
Tito Rabat ESP Reale Avintia (GP17) 41m 30.279s
Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 41m 42.936s
Hafizh Syahrin MAL Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1)* 41m 47.687s
Takaaki Nakagami JPN LCR Honda (RC213V)* 41m 47.900s
Thomas Luthi SWI EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 42m 1.716s
Danilo Petrucci ITA Pramac Ducati (GP18) DNF
Xavier Simeon ESP Reale Avintia (GP16)* DNF
Karel Abraham CZE Angel Nieto Team (GP16) DNF