Reigning MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) increased his 2019 points advantage with a fine ride to second place at sun-blessed Assen today.

The 26-year-old Spaniard fought a typically spirited battle for victory with eventual winner Maverick Vinales, finally making sure of the 20-point haul for runner-up spot in the closing stages. After eight of 19 races he leads the championship by 44 points from Andrea Dovizioso, who finished fourth today.

Assen is a very unusual circuit, with multiple changes of direction which make life tougher than ever for riders. During the weekend Marquez struggled somewhat with this issue, which put him fourth quickest in qualifying and off the front row for the first time this year.

However, the five-times MotoGP king gave it everything he had in this afternoon’s race, swapping the lead with compatriot Vinales on several occasions. Marquez had chosen a soft-option rear slick, which gave him excellent traction for much of the race, but during the final laps the harder compound chosen by Vinales gave him the edge.

Marquez’s second-place result continues his amazing record of seven podiums from the first eight races of 2019. Indeed, when Marquez has made it to the checkered flag he has always finished first or second, with four victories and three runner-up results. His only non-score came at April’s Americas GP, where he slid off while holding a commanding lead.

On the podium Marquez raised a flag celebrating the 60th anniversary of Honda’s first World Championship race in June 1959. The race got underway following a popular lap of honor by five-times 500cc World Champion Mick Doohan and Kunimitsu Takahashi, the first Japanese to win a Grand Prix race, in May 1961. Doohan rode the 1989 Honda NSR500 which Eddie Lawson to that year’s 500cc world title, while Takahashi rode a 1959 125cc RC142, the machine which began Honda’s world-class racing adventure that has so far won 779 Grand Prix victories, 60 Riders World Championships and 69 Constructors World Championships.

Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda CASTROL RC213V) rode a strong race to seventh. The 33-year-old Briton might have done even better, but he had a brake issue entering the very first corner and then twice ran off the track while battling with rivals. At one stage of the race he was the fastest man on the track and his pace was certainly good enough for a top-four result, but in the end he had to be content with seventh place, his best result since he finished third at the season-opening Qatar GP.

Japanese ace Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda IDEMITSU RC213V) had high hopes of another great result, until he was taken out by a rival in the early stages of the race. The 27-year-old from Chiba started well and was biding his time to move forward when he was knocked down at speed entering turn eight on lap four.

Marquez’s team-mate Jorge Lorenzo (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) took no part in today’s action. The three-times MotoGP World Champion was ruled out of the weekend when he crashed at the high-speed turn during Friday morning’s FP1 session. Lorenzo sustained a stable fracture of his T6 vertebra and a trabecular fracture of the T8 vertebra in the crash. He underwent tests and treatment at a local hospital and was transferred to his home in Lugano, Switzerland, yesterday. The 32-year-old Spaniard won’t be able to compete in next weekend’s German GP. It’s not certain when he will be able to return to racing.

The paddock now heads into the heart of Europe for the German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring next weekend. After the ninth race of the year the paddock gets a three-week break before August’s Czech GP at Brno.

Marc Marquez

Marc Marquez 93

An amazing weekend here in Assen overall. I chose the soft tyre and targeted the podium so this is like a victory, because we have again increased the advantage in the championship. I saw Vinales was faster than me and breaking away and I tried to stay with him to avoid a battle with Quartararo at the end. I was behind Vinales for a few laps and then I saw he was faster. Congratulations to him on the victory. The most important part is we have extended our lead in the championship at a circuit where we struggle. Thank you Assen, see you next year!

Repsol Honda Team
Cal Crutchlow

Cal Crutchlow 35

I think we salvaged not a bad position considering the weekend we had. Midway through the race I was the fastest guy on the circuit, but I didn’t feel good with the bike on the first three or four laps and I got passed a lot. Then I was able to do my own pace, which was faster than the guys ahead, but when I got to them I made too many mistakes – I ran off the track three or four times. We tried our best and that was it, we have to work on the negatives of the bike, but we’re working well as a team and I think we did a good job to be able to be competitive enough today. As I said, my pace in the middle of the race was very, very good and we need to work on being able to go faster at the start.

LCR Honda
Takaaki Nakagami

Takaaki Nakagami 30

It was an unlucky day; we made a good start at the beginning and I tried to follow the top group. Then I was fighting with Cal, Jack [Miller] and Valentino [Rossi], and on that lap Vale overtook me in turn one and I overtook again in turn two, then in turn eight he tried to overtake me again from the inside but I saw him lose the front end and I had no time to recover and he took me out. It was an unlucky crash, but although I’m not 100 percent okay, I’ve not got any injuries which is good because it was a nasty crash. I hit the fence and I can’t completely remember what happened, but I want to thank all my staff for helping me.

LCR Honda
Motul TT Assen

TT Circuit Assen, Netherlands

MotoGP 2019, Round 8

Sunny / 25
Sunday 30 Jun 2019, 12:53 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 25°C
  • Humidity: 55%
  • Ground Temp: 44°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Maverick Viñales 12 SPA 25 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha 40'55.415
2 Marc Marquez 93 SPA 20 Repsol Honda Team Honda +4.854
3 Fabio Quartararo 20 FRA 16 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +9.738
4 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA 13 Ducati Team Ducati +14.147
5 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA 11 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +14.467
6 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA 10 Ducati Team Ducati +14.794
7 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR 9 LCR Honda Honda +18.361
8 Joan Mir 36 SPA 8 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +24.268
9 Jack Miller 43 AUS 7 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +26.496
10 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA 6 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +26.997
11 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA 5 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +28.732
12 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA 4 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +34.095
13 Miguel Oliveira 88 POR 3 KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +34.181
14 Francesco Bagnaia 63 ITA 2 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +34.249
15 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA 1 KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +34.494
16 Tito Rabat 53 SPA 0 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +48.357
17 Karel Abraham 17 CZE 0 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +1 lap
NC Johann Zarco 5 FRA 0 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM DNF
NC Takaaki Nakagami 30 JPN 0 LCR Honda Honda DNF
NC Valentino Rossi 46 ITA 0 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha DNF
NC Alex Rins 42 SPA 0 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki DNF
Cloudy / 30
Saturday 29 Jun 2019, 14:47 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 30°C
  • Humidity: 30%
  • Ground Temp: 49°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Fabio Quartararo 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1'32.017
2 Maverick Viñales 12 SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.140
3 Alex Rins 42 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.441
4 Marc Marquez 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.714
5 Joan Mir 36 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +1.068
6 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda +1.211
7 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +1.265
8 Takaaki Nakagami 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda +1.278
9 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +1.297
10 Jack Miller 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +1.306
11 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +1.675
12 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1.745
13 Francesco Bagnaia 63 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +0.511
14 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.756
15 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +0.837
16 Karel Abraham 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +0.873
17 Miguel Oliveira 88 POR KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +0.996
18 Johann Zarco 5 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1.066
19 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +1.159
20 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +1.250
21 Tito Rabat 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +1.870
Sunny / 23
Friday 28 Jun 2019, 15:06 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 23°C
  • Humidity: 50%
  • Ground Temp: 43°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Maverick Viñales 12 SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha 1'32.638
2 Fabio Quartararo 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.180
3 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.314
4 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.585
5 Alex Rins 42 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.667
6 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +0.717
7 Marc Marquez 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.775
8 Joan Mir 36 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.777
9 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.879
10 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda +1.089
11 Francesco Bagnaia 63 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +1.177
12 Karel Abraham 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +1.216
13 Jack Miller 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +1.236
14 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +1.325
15 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1.333
16 Takaaki Nakagami 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda +1.402
17 Johann Zarco 5 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1.556
18 Tito Rabat 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +1.732
19 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +1.899
20 Miguel Oliveira 88 POR KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +1.990
21 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +2.612
22 Jorge Lorenzo 99 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +3.023
Rider Standings
Sunday, 30 Jun 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Marc MARQUEZ 93 SPA 160 Repsol Honda Team Honda
2 Andrea DOVIZIOSO 4 ITA 116 Ducati Team Ducati
3 Danilo PETRUCCI 9 ITA 108 Ducati Team Ducati
4 Alex RINS 42 SPA 101 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
5 Valentino ROSSI 46 ITA 72 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha
6 Fabio QUARTARARO 20 FRA 67 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha
7 Maverick VIñALES 12 SPA 65 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha
8 Jack MILLER 43 AUS 60 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati
9 Pol ESPARGARO 44 SPA 52 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
10 Cal CRUTCHLOW 35 GBR 51 LCR Honda Honda
11 Takaaki NAKAGAMI 30 JPN 48 LCR Honda Honda
12 Franco MORBIDELLI 21 ITA 45 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha
13 Aleix ESPARGARO 41 SPA 31 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
14 Joan MIR 36 SPA 30 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
15 Jorge LORENZO 99 SPA 19 Repsol Honda Team Honda
16 Andrea IANNONE 29 ITA 18 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
17 Johann ZARCO 5 FRA 16 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
18 Miguel OLIVEIRA 88 POR 15 KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM
19 Francesco BAGNAIA 63 ITA 11 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati
20 Tito RABAT 53 SPA 9 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati
21 Michele PIRRO 51 ITA 9 Ducati Test Team Ducati
22 Stefan BRADL 6 GER 6 HRC Test Team Honda
23 Hafizh SYAHRIN 55 THA 3 KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM
24 Sylvain GUINTOLI 50 FRA 3 Suzuki Test Team Suzuki
25 Karel ABRAHAM 17 CZE 2 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati