The Assen TT Circuit is one of the most demanding tracks in the entire MotoGP calendar. Its fast sweeping corners and tight chicanes ask 100% of both the rider and his machine. That’s why we had our eyes on the 2019 Dutch GP and it proved to be another thrilling race of the 2019 MotoGP season.
Fabio Quartararo surprised us once again with his utter talent by taking back-to-back pole positions; at the last race and then now at the Dutch GP. He’s a young and talented rider with high ambitions.
😱 @Rins42 crashes out of the lead!!!
— MotoGP™ 🇳🇱 (@MotoGP) June 30, 2019
It was the two Suzukis that took the first and second positions as soon as the 2019 Dutch GP was flagged off. Alex Rins, who showcased brilliant performance in Catalunya, took the lead. He was looking in great form but unfortunately, just after two laps he lost his front in a corner and was out of the race. After that, his teammate too struggled and lost many places.
Maverick Vinales, who couldn’t finish his last race because of the chain reaction started by Jorge Lorenzo, looked super aggressive and focussed since the beginning. His Yamaha proved to be very beneficial at the Assen TT Circuit. He was constantly behind the current world championship leader Marc Marquez who was in the second place.
Leading the race was the rookie Fabio Quartararo on his Yamaha Petronas. He rode beautifully giving constant lap times. However, he faced some issues with the handling of the bike. There were many instances when he dangerously wobbled but managed to keep both his wheels on the tarmac. Such instances cost him precious time and the gap between him and Marquez closed in. Earlier it seemed that the wobbles had something to do with Fabio’s tyres but later he made it clear that it was because of the crosswinds and a bit of his mistake.
Yessss ! P3 today ! Thanks to all the fans and of course my team 🤟🏼🇳🇱 pic.twitter.com/JoPx7zSk0i
— Fabio Quartararo (@FabioQ20) June 30, 2019
Following the leading group were Dovizioso and Petrucci who were having their own battle for the fourth place. Dovi seemed to be struggling to keep his Ducati boosted up and was overtaken by Petrucci a couple of times. However, he did keep his lead and finished in the 4th place. Petrucci was right behind him but Franco Morbidelli, who was following him for the last few laps, went past him at the final chicane and stole the 5th place.
We haven’t seen The Doctor in the leading group for the last few races. We were hoping to see some good racing from this legend. Unfortunately, he went down in a corner while trying to overtake Takaaki Nakagami and took him down as well. It was a fast and nasty crash but thankfully none of them got any serious injuries. This was Rossi’s third consecutive DNF.
— MotoGP™ 🇳🇱 (@MotoGP) July 1, 2019
Meanwhile, things got pretty intense in the leading group. Fabio couldn’t keep his pace and lost the race lead to Marc Marquez and Maverick Vinales, falling to the third place. He did try to keep up but during that time he hurt his right arm. Marquez was getting the heat from Vinales who was faster than Marquez in many sectors of the track and eventually managed to take the first spot.
After that, Marquez pushed hard to take down Vinales but couldn’t. With Rins out of the race, he didn’t need to worry about finishing first. His championship won’t get affected by this. That’s why he decided to let it go considering its too risky. Vinales crossed the chequered flag and won the 2019 Dutch GP which was his and Yamaha’s first podium finish in this season. It was an emotional win for the talented rider.
— MotoGP™ 🇳🇱 (@MotoGP) June 30, 2019
Marquez finished second and is still the world championship leader. Fabio came 3rd and took back-to-back podium finishes.
Maverick Viñales SPA Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1) 40m 55.415s
Marc Marquez SPA Repsol Honda (RC213V) +4.854s
Fabio Quartararo FRA Petronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)* +9.738s
Andrea Dovizioso ITA Mission Winnow Ducati (GP19) +14.147s
Franco Morbidelli ITA Petronas Yamaha (YZR-M1) +14.467s
Danilo Petrucci ITA Mission Winnow Ducati (GP19) +14.794s
Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) +18.361s
Joan Mir SPA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* +24.268s
Jack Miller AUS Pramac Ducati (GP19) +26.496s
Andrea Iannone ITA Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) +26.997s
Pol Espargaro SPA Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) +28.732s
Aleix Espargaro SPA Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) +34.095s
Miguel Oliveira POR Red Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)* +34.181s
Francesco Bagnaia ITA Pramac Ducati (GP18)* +34.249s
Hafizh Syahrin MAL Red Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16) +34.494s
Tito Rabat SPA Reale Avintia Ducati (GP18) +48.357s
Karel Abraham CZE Reale Avintia Ducati (GP18) +1 lap
Johann Zarco FRA Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) DNF
Takaaki Nakagami JPN LCR Honda (RC213V) DNF
Valentino Rossi ITA Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1) DNF
Alex Rins SPA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) DNF