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Jack Miller wins wet, messy race at Assen

Beats Marquez in race red-flagged, then restarted
Sunday, June 26, 2016

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Miller holds off Marquez in the wet
Miller holds off Marquez in the wet

A red flagged race put the MotoGP riders through their paces, Jack Miller mastering the wet to take his maiden premier class win.

The Moto2 World Championship race was red flagged due to rain, a torrential downpour following and ensuring that at least the start of the MotoGP World Championship race would be wet. With the track soaked, the rain eased and riders headed out onto the grid with wets fitted. Conditions were far from ideal, Eugene Laverty (Aspar Team MotoGP) falling on his sighting lap. The lights went out with riders knowing a flag-to-flag race was likely, Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) grabbing the lead out of the first corner as they tiptoed around the first corners.

Once he had the lead Rossi didn’t look back, opening up almost a second advantage on everyone but Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) on the first lap. But soon the wild Yonny Hernandez (Aspar Team MotoGP) was past him; with a championship to consider ‘The Doctor’ and Dovizioso chose not to risk anything.

Riders looked set to consider a change to intermediate or dry tires but then the rain returned with a vengeance. Dovizioso was able to catch up to Rossi once again. The rain only got heavier and allowed Scott Redding (Octo Pramac Yakhnich) to join the battle for victory, Yonny Hernandez’s fall turning their battle into one for victory. But then with 12 laps to go the rain was ruled to be too severe and the red flag was brought out due to the weather conditions.

Not long after the race was restarted, run over 12 laps. The grid was based on the finishing positions on lap 14 and the quick restart rule made its first appearance in the premier class. As such Dovizioso lined up on pole with Petrucci and Rossi completing the front row. Redding led the Repsol Honda Team pairing of Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa on the second row, Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) lined up in 19th after a disastrous start in the first 14-lap race.

Andrea Dovizioso, who had led the restart, lost the front end as he attempted to stay with Rossi. He took a heavy roll through the gravel but sustained no serious injuries. This granted Rossi a comfortable lead until he crashed out at Turn 10 a lap later. Disaster for ‘The Doctor’ in a race which could have seen him right with Marquez in the championship. This is Rossi's third DNF of the 2016 season.

Known for his ability in the wet, Jack Miller (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) made steady progress off the line and soon found himself in second behind Marquez. After an injury hit start to the season Miller seized his chance and took the lead of the race at the final chicane on lap four. Marquez tried to close down the Australian but Miller kept his cool. Miller’s victory is the first MotoGP win by an Australian since Casey Stoner’s final victory in Phillip Island in 2012. He also becomes the first rider on a non-factory bike to win a race since Toni Elias won the infamous Portuguese GP in 2006.

Marquez was aggressive off the line, leading into the entry of Turn 1 but dropping back as he ran wide and sliding to third. But the Spaniard soon found himself in first as Dovizioso and Rossi fell. He had an important decision to make when Miller went past him, risk it for victory or settle for 20 points with his main rivals having disastrous weekends? Championship ambition won out and Marquez settled for second place, extending his championship lead over both Lorenzo and Rossi by a significant margin.

The battle for third was one of the closest on track, Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and Redding finding themselves in podium contention due to the falls ahead. Espargaro could smell his first podium but Redding had a point to prove. Redding muscled his way past his former Moto2 rival to return to the podium for the first time since Misano in 2015.

Iannone managed to take fifth place ahead of Hector Barbera (Avintia Racing) and Eugene Laverty (Aspar MotoGP). Stefan Bradl (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini), Maverick Vinales (Team Suzuki Ecstar) and Jorge Lorenzo completed the top ten. Lorenzo had a terrible time in both races, the 2015 MotoGP World Championship unable to find any speed in the wet. He picked up six more points than his teammate, but there's a lot of work to do still in the championship.

Tito Rabat (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS), Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) and Bradley Smith all finished the race, everyone who remained upright scoring points.

The wet gave Yonny Hernandez (Aspar Team MotoGP) the perfect chance to show his skill; with nothing to lose the Colombian took the lead of the race on the third lap. He’d extend his lead out the front until he fell on lap 12; his dreams of a miraculous first win gone as he retired before the red flag.

Dani Pedrosa’s weekend went from bad to worse as he crashed at Turn 9 on lap one of the restart. Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) followed soon after at Turn 12.

What had been a dream Sunday for Petrucci ended in disaster as the Italian’s Ducati died on the second lap, his hopes of a Silverstone repeat over.

Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) also fell from the race, conditions proving trickier than before.

Michele Pirro (Avintia Racing), Aleix Espargaro (Team Suzuki Ecstar) and Tito Rabat (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) all suffered falls. Several were able to remount, solid points on offer due to all the crashes.

Results Race Restarted Last 12 Laps

Pos.PointsNum.RiderNationTeamBikeTime/Gap
12543Jack MILLERAUSEstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDSHonda22'17.447
22093Marc MARQUEZSPARepsol Honda TeamHonda+1.991
31645Scott REDDINGGBROCTO Pramac YakhnichDucati+5.906
41344Pol ESPARGAROSPAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha+9.812
51129Andrea IANNONEITADucati TeamDucati+17.835
6108Hector BARBERASPAAvintia RacingDucati+18.692
7950Eugene LAVERTYIRLAspar Team MotoGPDucati+22.605
886Stefan BRADLGERAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia+23.603
9725Maverick VINALESSPATeam SUZUKI ECSTARSuzuki+26.148
10699Jorge LORENZOSPAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha+27.604
11553Tito RABATSPAEstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDSHonda+1'21.830
12426Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda+1'54.369
13338Bradley SMITHGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha3 Laps
DNF019Alvaro BAUTISTASPAAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia1 Lap
DNF051Michele PIRROITAAvintia RacingDucati7 Laps
DNF046Valentino ROSSIITAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha10 Laps
DNF041Aleix ESPARGAROSPATeam SUZUKI ECSTARSuzuki10 Laps
DNF04Andrea DOVIZIOSOITADucati TeamDucati11 Laps
DNF09Danilo PETRUCCIITAOCTO Pramac YakhnichDucati11 Laps
DNF035Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRLCR HondaHonda0 Lap
DNS068Yonny HERNANDEZCOLAspar Team MotoGPDucati0 Lap

Rider Standings

Pos.RiderNumNationPointsTeamConstructor
1MARQUEZ Marc 93SPA145Repsol Honda TeamHonda
2LORENZO Jorge 99SPA121Movistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha
3ROSSI Valentino 46ITA103Movistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha
4PEDROSA Dani 26SPA86Repsol Honda TeamHonda
5VINALES Maverick 25SPA79Team Suzuki EcstarSuzuki
6ESPARGARO Pol 44SPA72Monster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha
7BARBERA Hector 8SPA58Avintia RacingDucati
8IANNONE Andrea 29ITA52Ducati TeamDucati
9ESPARGARO Aleix 41SPA49Team Suzuki EcstarSuzuki
10LAVERTY Eugene 50IRE48Aspar MotoGP TeamDucati
11DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4ITA43Ducati TeamDucati
12BRADL Stefan 6GER37Aprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia
13MILLER Jack 43AUS33Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDSHonda
14REDDING Scott 45GBR32Octo Pramac RacingDucati
15SMITH Bradley 38GBR32Monster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha
16BAUTISTA Alvaro 19SPA29Aprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia
17PETRUCCI Danilo 9ITA24Octo Pramac RacingDucati
18CRUTCHLOW Cal 35GBR20LCR HondaHonda
19PIRRO Michele 51ITA19Ducati TeamDucati
20RABAT Tito 53SPA18Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDSHonda
21BAZ Loris 76FRA8Avintia RacingDucati
22HERNANDEZ Yonny 68COL3Aspar MotoGP TeamDucati

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