ASSEN. Francesco Bagnaia (SKY Racing Team VR46) strolled to a comfortable fourth victory of the season at the Motul TT Assen after leading from start to finish, eventually taking the checkered flag 1.748 seconds ahead the chasing pack. Catalan GP race winner Fabio Quartararo (Lightech – Speed Up Racing) produced a stunning fight back through the pack to secure his second consecutive podium in P2, beating third place Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) to the line after Lorenzo Baldassarri (Pons HP40) retired out of second place with a rare puncture on Lap 21 – a cruel blow for the Italian after a brilliant ride.
Schroetter was P4 for a second race in a row, beating Mir to the line as the rookie finished fifth. Oliveira salvaged sixth after starting P17, but loses ground in the Championship to Bagnaia heading into Round 9, with teammate Brad Binder recovering to P7 after starting 22nd.
After earning his first Grand Prix front row start, Luca Marini (SKY Racing Team VR46) leaves Assen with a solid eight points under his belt with P8, as Sam Lowes (Swiss Innovative Investors) crossed the line P9 for a second consecutive race. Just behind the Brit was Andrea Locatelli (Italtrans Racing Team), who got the better of teammate Mattia Pasini – the two Italians were P10 and P11 respectively. Augusto Fernandez (Pons HP40) was an impressive 12th at Assen as he looks forward to the rest of the year in the Pons team, with Jorge Navarro (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2), Dominique Aegerter (Kiefer Racing) and Simone Corsi (Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2) – recovering from the back of the grid – rounding out the point scoring positions.
Fabio Quartararo: 2nd
“I’m really satisfied, I did not expect it! We are working well from Le Mans race and the results are finally coming. I understood how to change my driving style and how to adapt to the Speed Up bike. We will keep working on this way for sure! I really thank everyone for supporting me. Can’t be more happy!"
Andrea Locatelli: 10th
“It was a positive weekend but I’m a bit disappointed for the race because I couldn’t do what I set. Unfortunately, I didn't have a great feeling with the front tyre and several times I risked to crash. Now we go to the next GP with the awareness of being more concrete in qualifying."
Simone Corsi: 15th
"A really challenging race: starting from the last position with a wrist fracture were not the best conditions to do the best. After few laps I felt no strength in my right arm, but I fought hard and I gained one point. It was a pity, because I felt great on my motorcycle. I hope now to 100% recover for the GermanGP".
Augusto Fernandez: 12th
"I'm happy with today's race because we keep scoring and get closer to the goal of the top 10, but at the same time we still need to improve in the start. I did not do well at the first corner and I was overtaken by a lot of riders loosing quite a few positions. That's when I lost the opportunity to be in the group of the top ten, but as I say, I'm happy because we have scored again and we take steps forward".
Isaac Viñales: 22nd
"Today's race was really a shame because yesterday I felt I had the pace to get a good position but today I did not feel very well, I did not want to throw too much because the sensations were not good, I want to apologize to the team and to thank for all the work done, I hope that Sachsenring is much better".