MotoGP: Rossigektein in Assen for Dutch GP

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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:

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Time Diff
1 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 42’14.611
2 99 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 42’19.979 5.368
3 27 Casey STONER DUCATI 42’37.724 23.113
4 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 42’43.725 29.114
5 7 Chris VERMEULEN SUZUKI 42’48.216 33.605
6 52 James TOSELAND YAMAHA 42’53.958 39.347
7 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 42’54.154 39.543
8 24 Toni ELIAS HONDA 42’54.385 39.774
9 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 42’54.434 39.823
10 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 42’55.284 40.673
11 15 Alex DE ANGELIS HONDA 43’00.621 46.010
12 33 Marco MELANDRI KAWASAKI 43’12.388 57.777
13 59 Sete GIBERNAU DUCATI 43’19.977 1’05.366
14 88 Niccolo CANEPA DUCATI 43’24.508 1’09.897
15 72 Yuki TAKAHASHI HONDA 43’24.541 1’09.930
16 41 Gabor TALMACSI HONDA 43’39.710 1’25.099
Not Classified
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