Rain Can’t Slow Down Marc Marquez
ASSEN, The Netherlands – Not even Mother Nature was enough to stop Marc Marquez from scoring his eighth-straight MotoGP victory Saturday at TT Circuit Assen.
The race started after a delay due to wet conditions, with Andrea Dovizioso at the front early in the race as Marquez gave chase. Marquez eventually took the lead as teams switched their bikes to dry set ups on lap seven, eventually pulling away to a 6.7-second victory ahead of Dovizioso.
Marquez is the first rider since Giacomo Agostini in 1971 to win the first eight MotoGP races of the year.
Dani Pedrosa completing the podium after holding off the pursuing Aleix Espargaro for several laps. Espargaro rode well to hold fourth, having started on pole on the ‘Open’ Forward Yamaha.
Valentino Rossi took fifth after showing great pace in the second half of the race, his problem being a late decision to swap back from slicks to wets at the start. Rossi started from pit lane on wets, therefore, and recovered considerable ground before and after eventually swapping back to slicks.
Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing), Alvaro Bautista (GO&FUN Honda Gresini), Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech3), Cal Crutchlow (Ducati Team) and Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP) completed the top ten.