MotoGP World Championship – Dutch Grand Prix

Another podium for Márquez
With five podium finishes in eight Grands Prix, Álex Márquez is consolidating his status as a contender for the Moto2 World Championship title. The Spaniard is building up speed before attacking the second half of the season.

The Races

Despite two falls during the practice test sessions, Álex Márquez did his job on the Assen circuit. The Estrella Galicia 0.0 Marc VDS rider was third in the Dutch Grand Prix after having fought from end-to-end in the group of leaders. “I had a hard time during the practice test sessions and the qualifying session,” said the Spaniard. “The race was long and difficult, but despite the wind I managed to keep up a good pace. Without the two or three small mistakes I made along the way I might have won.” Shooting off like a rocket from the third row of the starting grid, Joan Mir climbed back to third place before finally passing the checkered flag in fifth place. “I was not as good on the bike as during the free practice sessions,” regretted the Spaniard at the finish. “This was not the result I was hoping for and we will have to check the data to understand what is handicapping me by the time of the next race in Germany.” In MotoGP, Franco Morbidelli had to abandon before the start of the race after being injured during the tests. The only representative of the team Estrella Galicia 0.0 Marc VDS, Tom Lüthi finished the event alone in twentieth place.

The Championship

Third in the Moto2 overall classification, Álex Márquez has reduced to eighteen points the distance separating him from Miguel Oliveira. Joan Mir has benefited from the fall of Xavi Virgin to move back up to fifth place. In MotoGP, Morbidelli has kept his sixteenth place despite being ruled out in the Dutch TT at Assen.

The Background

The Dutch Grand Prix started well for Franco Morbidelli … Eighth time of the FP1, in Assen the Italian hoped to make it his second top ten in MotoGP. A severe crash Friday morning, entering the long left bend at the end of the Veenslang straight during the third free practice session, put an end to his ambitions. “I hit the gravel pit very hard and I found myself spinning as if in the drum of a washing machine,” said the reigning Moto2 World Champion. Morbidelli got up from the interminable series of somersaults with the third metacarpus of his left hand fractured. Compelled to withdraw the rest of the weekend, Franco should nonetheless be able to get behind the handlebars of his Honda RC213V by the next Grand Prix in Germany, on July 15. “I’ll do anything to be there,” said the Estrella Galicia 0.0 Marc VDS rider. “My goal, this season, remains the place of best rookie rider in MotoGP.”