MotoGP: Bagnaia wins a wild Dutch GP
The Ducati Lenovo Team’s Francesco Bagnaia has shot back into the MotoGP title picture after taking victory in a chaotic Motul TT Assen. World Championship leader Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) clashed with his nearest rival on the points table, Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing) on Lap 5 at the TT Circuit Assen, then crashed again later in the race. It left Pecco to take a much-needed victory, with fellow Italian Marco Bezzecchi (Mooney VR46 Racing Team) claiming a career-best second place and Maverick Viñales (Aprilia Racing) clinching third.
From as low as 15th, Espargaro got back to fourth by the checkered flag, a charge he completed with an incredible double-move on Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team) and Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing). Heading into the summer break, Quartararo’s Championship lead over the Aprilia pilot has been cut to 21 points, with Johann Zarco (Prima Pramac Racing) third at 58 points off the pace, and Bagnaia back up to fourth at just eight points further back.
Quartararo was handed a long lap penalty for his collision with Aleix Espargaro.
The Yamaha rider crashed on the fifth lap of the race at Assen while trying to overtake Aprilia’s Espargaro on the inside of Turn 5.
Quartararo lost the front and slid into Espargaro, who was forced onto the gravel and lost over eight seconds as he re-joined in 15th.
Points leader Quartararo also remounted, but pulled into pitlane a few laps later due to damage on his bike – before being sent out by his team in case the race was red-flagged or it started to rain.
However, a few laps after that he crashed again at Turn 5, with Quartararo convinced his traction control sensor was broken.
While Espargaro recovered to fourth and is now only 21 points behind Quartararo in the standings, the Frenchman has been handed a long lap penalty to be served at the British Grand Prix in August.
|14||49||Fabio Di Giannantonio||Ducati||26||17.681||3.276|
|25||Raúl Fernández||KTM||18||8 Laps||8 Laps|
|20||Fabio Quartararo||Yamaha||11||15 Laps||7 Laps|
|40||Darryn Binder||Yamaha||8||18 Laps||3 Laps|
|21||Franco Morbidelli||Yamaha||8||18 Laps||1’33.730|