Somewhere between the tulips and windmills, MotoGP riders assembled in Assen, Netherlands this Saturday for the Dutch GP. Loyal Dutch fans were treated to a race that saw the front-runner break away from the rest of the group, a series of sketchy passes, some key crashes, and a hair-raising battle for 6th place. Continue after the jump for some sizable spoilers.
Valentino Rossi took his 100th victory in style at Assen, taking the lead on the second lap from Casey Stoner. From that point on, the Italian’s supremacy was never threatened, though his team mate Jorge Lorenzo chased the Italian for the first 15 laps.
In typical Rossi fashion, the Italian rider unfurled a giant banner in his post race celebration. In tribute, the banner had pictures of all of Rossi’s 100 GP race victories.
Stoner couldn’t follow Rossi nor Lorenzo, but finished the race a very comfortable 3rd place podium. Dani Pedrosa followed early on, but crashed out at the Haarbocht, the first corner after the front straightaway, his team mate Andrea Dovizioso would follow several laps later into the Haarbocht gravel.
Seemingly alone, Colin Edwards took 4th, while Chris Vermeulen had a similarly easy going ride into 5th place.
The battle for 6th was the best part of the race, with 6 riders all battling it out for the position. On the losing end of that battle, Mika Kallio crashed in the final corner of the last lap.
Toni Elias, on the other hand, found himself entangled with Loris Capirossi. While dicing it up with Capi, Elias made a dangerous pass, and would be handed a 20 second penalty after the race, which resulted in him dropping from 8th to 12th place. In a post race interview, Elias apologized to Capirossi, and said he did not plan on contesting the penalty.
Race Results from MotoGP at Assen, Netherlands:
|7||14||Randy DE PUNIET||HONDA||42’54.154||39.543|
|11||15||Alex DE ANGELIS||HONDA||43’00.621||46.010|
|36||Mika KALLIO||DUCATI||41’14.211||1 lap|
|4||Andrea DOVIZIOSO||HONDA||16’24.548||16 laps|
|3||Dani PEDROSA||HONDA||6’36.388||22 laps|