Well, he did it again. Against great odds, Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez picked up his eighth MotoGP win in as many races at the Dutch TT. Saturday’s race at the Circuit van Drenthe in Assen was fraught with erratic weather and mid-race bike swaps, but the reigning MotoGP World Champion persevered and took the win at the Iveco Daily TT Assen. Prior to Marquez’s Assen victory, the last rider to win the opening eight Grand Prix races was legendary Giacomo Agostini in 1971.
Before the 26-lap race, rain had been falling intermittently throughout the day and a shower started up again just 15 minutes before the race was scheduled to start. A delay led to the start of a wet race. Marquez got the holeshot but within less than 10 laps, the riders were called in to change to dry bikes because the track was no longer wet.
Upon the restart, Marquez made a mistake on the still-slick track and Andrea Dovizioso took the lead. The factory Ducati rider couldn’t maintain it, however, and Marquez retook the top spot with 10 laps to go.
"It was a tough day because this was a race where I could have lost many points,” Marquez said. “But we were still able to extend our lead in the championship, so I'm very pleased with how it has gone and how we dealt with the flag-to-flag."
“It was our first experience of a race like this with both wet and dry conditions,” he continued. “And we even had a little scare after the bike change. We are very happy with this victory and to have got a very important 25 points on a weekend we had circled on the calendar."
Dovizioso finished second on the Assen podium behind Marquez, and the Spaniard’s Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa finished third. Eight races into the season, Marquez continues to lead the MotoGP World Championship with 200 points. Marquez has an astounding 72-point lead over second-place Valentino Rossi, on the Movistar Yamaha. Marquez’ teammate Pedrosa is tied for second with Rossi.Tags: Andrea Dovizioso, Assen, Circuit van Drenthe, Dani Pedrosa, Dutch TT, Giacomo Agostini, Marc Marquez, Motorsports, Repsol Honda, Valentino Rossi