MotoGP 2017

Assen June 25th 2017.

Valentino Rossi makes it 115 wins in MotoGP by taking the win at Assen on Sunday.

He moves up to 3rd place in the championship as Marquez could only get 3rd place, and Yamaha team mate Maverick, came off spectacularly at the chicane and Did Not Finish.

They now travel to Germany and to the Saxony Circuit.

Valentino Rossi won his first MotoGP race in over a year as the championship pendulum swung again after a compelling showdown in the Dutch TT at Assen.

Rossi's Movistar Yamaha team-mate Maverick Viñales saw his title advantage slashed following a spill in the tricky conditions at the final chicane as he battled inside the top five.

Italian rider Rossi, who started from fourth place on the second row of the grid, became embroiled in a battle for the lead with Pramac Ducati Danilo Petrucci in the closing stages, with Andrea Dovizioso also coming through on the factory GP17 as he staked his claim for a third premier class triumph on the spin.

However, a mistake on the brakes by Dovizioso – who briefly passed Petrucci for second place before the Independent rider retook the position – saw the Mugello and Catalunya winner lose the tow and he dropped into the clutches of Repsol Honda's Marc Márquez.

Petrucci, who finished on the podium at Mugello, used the power of the Ducati to draft past Rossi and attempted to make a break for it as spots of light rain began to fall around the course.

However, Rossi refused to go down without a fight and the 38-year-old battled back, forcing his way to the front to set up a tense final few laps.

Petrucci could still sense a victory but was denied the opportunity to launch a final attack on the last lap when the leaders lapped Hector Barbera and Álex Rins, with Rossi finding smooth passage while Petrucci was hampered.

It was Rossi's 115th Grand Prix victory as he took the flag by 0.063s from Petrucci, while Marquez narrowly held onto third on the final lap after the Repsol Honda rider slogged it out with Cal Crutchlow.

LCR Honda rider Crutchlow found incredible pace on the final laps and first picked off Dovizioso to go fourth before setting his sights on Marquez.

Crutchlow put a pass on the factory Honda rider to grab the final podium place but reigning champion Marquez had the final say and produced a stunning move on the run to the final chicane on the last lap to seal third, with Dovizioso only fractions of a second behind.

Dovizioso still leads the championship by four points from Vinales heading to the Sachsenring in Germany, with Rossi only three points behind in third. Marquez is also right in the frame, a further four points back on Rossi.

Aussie Jack Miller was a long way back on the EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda in sixth followed by Karel Abraham (Aspar Ducati) and Avintia Ducati's Loris Baz.

Andrea Iannone on the Ecstar Suzuki and Gresini Aprilia's Aleix Espargaró were the top ten, while Pol Espargaró rode an excellent race on the Red Bull KTM to finish 11th, claiming the manufacturer's best result yet.

Pole man Johann Zarco opted to pull into pit lane on his Monster Tech 3 Yamaha when the rain flags came out to switch to wet tyres with seven laps to go, but the move backfired and the French rider incurred a penalty for speeding. He eventually finished the race in 14th place.

Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati) earned the final championship point as the three-time MotoGP world champion finished 15th.

A host of non-finishers included Alvaro Bautista Spanish (Aspar Ducati), Scott Redding (Pramac Ducati), Bradley Smith (Red Bull KTM), Jonas Folger (Monster Tech 3 Yamaha) and Sam Lowes (Gresini Aprilia).

Race result MotoGP Assen Holland

  1. Valentino Rossi
  2. Danilo Petrucci
  3. Marc Márquez
  4. Cal Crutchlow
  5. Andrea Dovizioso
  6. Jack Miller
  7. Karel Abraham
  8. Loris Baz
  9. Andrea Iannone
  10. Aleix Espargaró
  11. Pol Espargaró
  12. Tito Rabat
  13. Dani Pedrosa
  14. Johann Zarco
  15. Jorge Lorenzo
  16. Hector Barbera
  17. Álex Rins

- Roland Potter