Marc Marquez claimed his fourth victory of the MotoGP season in an epic Moto GP Dutch TT at Assen, making a late break from a frenetic six-way scrap. Honda rider Marquez's winning margin of 2.269 seconds did not do justice to how close the race was for almost all of its 26-lap distance, with the reigning champion only taking the lead definitively with four laps to go.
Jorge Lorenzo led the opening half of the race after a sensational getaway from 10th on the grid to exit the Strubben in second behind poleman Marquez. He then passed the Honda later on the opening tour, helped by his unorthodox soft front tyre selection.
Lorenzo held the lead while Marquez became embroiled in battle with Valentino Rossi, Andrea Dovizioso, Alex Rins and later Maverick Vinales for second place, although Lorenzo was never able to extend his gap at the head of the field by more than a few tenths. At one stage Lorenzo was rear-ended by Rossi approaching the final chicane, an incident that both riders somehow survived without losing places.
Rins briefly grabbed second after muscling Marquez wide exiting the Strubben at half-distance, a move he was investigated but not penalised for, with Marquez repaying the favour two laps later.
|6||Cal Crutchlow||LCR Honda|
|8||Johann Zarco||Tech3 Yamaha|
|9||Alvaro Bautista||Aspar Ducati|
|10||Jack Miller||Pramac Ducati|
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