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Moto GP 2014 Round 8 Assen***SPOILER***

What a race in round 7!! Let's hope for a repeat. MM93 continues with him domination.

Circuit info
Length: 4.542 m / 2.822 miles
Width: 14m
Left corners: 6
Right corners: 12
Longest straight: 487 m / 0.303 miles
Constructed: 1955
Modified: 2012

Introduction:
Assen is the only venue to have held a round of the Motorcycle World Championship every year since its creation in 1949. The circuit was purpose built for the Dutch TT in 1954, with previous events having been held on public roads. The track is narrow, with rapid changes in direction, and is fully surrounded by grass banks and grandstands, providing excellent viewing for the hundreds of thousands of fanatical spectators who are drawn to the most prestigious event in Dutch motorsport every year. A huge favourite with riders, Assen is well known for its festive and extravagant atmosphere.


In 1999 the circuit was modified with a new grandstand, control tower, press centre and renovated boxes. Modifications to the Assen circuit over the winter of 2005/6 saw the length of the championship’s longest serving track cut from over 6km down to 4.555km/2.83miles.

Records:
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Fastest Lap 2012 Casey STONER (AUS) Honda 1'33.713 174.4 km/h
Circuit Record 2012 Dani PEDROSA (SPA) Honda 1'34.548 172.9 km/h
Best Pole 2012 Casey STONER (AUS) Honda 1'33.713 174.4 km/h
Top Speed 2013 Dani PEDROSA (SPA) Honda 311.4 km/h




Current Points:
Pos. Rider Bike Nation Points
1 Marc MARQUEZ Honda SPA 175
2 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha ITA 117
3 Dani PEDROSA Honda SPA 112
4 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha SPA 78
5 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati ITA 71
6 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha SPA 58
7 Aleix ESPARGARO Forward Yamaha SPA 54
8 Stefan BRADL Honda GER 50
9 Andrea IANNONE Ducati ITA 41
10 Bradley SMITH Yamaha GBR 40
11 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda SPA 34
12 Nicky HAYDEN Honda USA 27
13 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati COL 27
14 Scott REDDING Honda GBR 24
15 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda JPN 24
16 Cal CRUTCHLOW Ducati GBR 15
17 Karel ABRAHAM Honda CZE 13
18 Colin EDWARDS Forward Yamaha USA 8
19 Michele PIRRO Ducati ITA 7
20 Danilo PETRUCCI ART ITA 2
21 Hector BARBERA Avintia SPA 2
22 Broc PARKES PBM AUS 1

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2013 top 10, funny how you forget :P Vale will be looking to repeat!!
1 25 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 171.0 41'25.202
2 20 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 170.9 +2.170
3 16 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 170.7 +4.073
4 13 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 170.5 +7.832
5 11 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 170.0 +15.510
6 10 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 169.1 +27.519
7 9 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 168.9 +31.598
8 8 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 168.8 +32.405
9 7 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 168.7 +33.751
10 6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 168.7 +33.801
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Cathedral calling as MotoGP™ travels north
From the sweltering heat of Barcelona the MotoGP™ World Championship heads north to the Netherlands for round eight at Assen, with Repsol Honda’s remarkable young World Champion Marc Marquez still undefeated in 2014.
Marquez may have seen his run of successful pole position qualifying results come to an end at the Barcelona-Catalunya with a Q2 crash – his first of the season – but come race day the 21 year-old delivered the goods again as he won a brilliant battle at the front over Valentino Rossi and Dani Pedrosa.

Spaniard Marquez is now 58 points clear at the top of the standings following his seven race winning streak, with his nearest rival Rossi perhaps looking the most likely to be capable of ending his victorious run.

Last year at Assen Rossi returned to winning ways with his first victory since 2010, delighting the Dutch crowd with a great ride from fourth on the grid. Marquez finished second that day by just over two seconds and he has a good record at The Cathderal of motorcycle racing having notched up three wins at the historic venue in the 125 and Moto2™ categories.

In third place in the standings going into the Iveco Daily TT Assen is Dani Pedrosa, who was in hunt for victory at Catalunya until a last lap error which saw him touch the rear wheel of Marquez. Pedrosa appeared more comfortable and competitive again after arm pump hindrances earlier this season and along with Marquez he will strive to win at Assen for Honda, at what is considered to be a good track for Yamaha.

Last year’s visit to the TT was one to forget for Jorge Lorenzo who battled through the pain barrier to finish fifth, from 12th on the grid, having broken his collarbone in Thursday practice and having flown back to Barcelona for surgery in order to be ready to race. Lorenzo won at Assen in 2010 but has since struggled at the Dutch venue.

Fifth in the current World Championship standings is Andrea Dovizioso who has been in the top ten at every race so far, in contrast to his Ducati Team colleague Cal Crutchlow who will go in search of a good result at round eight, having had a difficult time since his arrival with the Italian factory.

The likes of the Espargaro brothers, Pol (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and Aleix (NGM Forward Racing), will be hunt for more crucial championship points, whilst Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP) and Alvaro Bautista (GO&FUN Honda Gresini) are riding to secure their racing contracts for 2015 and potentially beyond.

Bradl returned to form at Catalunya with a solid ride to fifth and his aim is to stay ahead of the likes of Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing) and Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and climb higher up the standings in the top ten.

Danilo Petrucci (Octo IodaRacing Project) will attempt to return from injury at the eighth round of the season, having traveled to Barcelona but having been unable to ride as his fractured left wrist had not recovered sufficiently from his Jerez Warm Up crash earlier this year.
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TT Assen: A History of Saturday Races
The TT Circuit Assen is the only track that has staged a grand prix race every year since the start of the world championship in 1949.
Motorcycle racing started on the roads round Assen in 1925 on a 27.53 km (17.11 miles) circuit. The circuit was shortened to 16.54 km (10.275 miles) between 1926 –1954 although there was no racing between 1939 - 1946 because of the Second World War. It was halved in length in 1955 to 7.704 km (4.787 miles) and further shortened in 2002.

Today the circuit is just 4.542 km (2.822 miles) in length but still retains some of the original corners. Traditionally the Dutch TT has always been staged on the last Saturday in June and is still one of the biggest sporting events of the year in Holland. The race weekend in Assen begins on Thursday with Qualifying on Friday and the race on Saturday, as it was originally frowned upon for the race to be hosted on Sunday for religious reasons.

Two riders have won three grand prix races in one day at the Dutch TT in Assen. In 1964 Jim Redman won the 125, 250 and 350 cc races riding Honda machinery in all three races. He completed an amazing 259 miles of racing in just one day. Three years later at the Dutch TT Mike Hailwood won the 250, 350 and 500cc races. Once again all three.

In the 1975 500cc race Barry Sheene and Giacomo Agostini could not be separated on time when they crossed the finishing line in the 16 lap race. Both recorded a time of 48.01.00s at an average speed of 155.64 kph (96.708 mph). Sheene was awarded the win by the finish line judges. It is still regarded as the closest ever finish in the Premier class. It was the first of Sheene’s 19 500cc grands prix victories.

Facts & Figures about the TT Circuit Assen

- There have been a total of 253 Grand Prix races for solo motorcycles held at the Assen circuit

- Yamaha are the most successful manufacturer at the Dutch TT since the start of the four-stroke MotoGP formula, with seven victories. Honda have had four MotoGP wins at the Dutch TT and Ducati a single win in 2008

- Ben Spies’ win at the Dutch TT in 2011 was the last MotoGP race won by a rider other than Casey Stoner, Valentino Rossi, Dani Pedrosa, Marc Marquez or Jorge Lorenzo

- The rider with most GP victories at Assen is Angel Nieto, with 15 wins in the 125cc and 50cc classes. He is followed by Giacomo Agostini, who had 14 wins riding either 500cc or 350cc machines

- Among the current riders, Valentino Rossi has been most successful at Assen with a total of eight victories: six in MotoGP and one each in the 250cc and 125cc classes

- Four Dutch riders have won Grand Prix races at their home circuit; Paul Lodewijkx the 50cc race in 1968, Wil Hartog the 500cc race in 1977, Jack Middelburg the 500cc race in 1980 and Hans Spaan the 125cc race in 1989

- The last Dutch rider to finish on the podium at the Dutch TT was Wilco Zeelenberg (now Team Manager for Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) - he finished third in the 250cc race of 1994
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Lorenzo gives update on Yamaha renewal talks
Having been a Yamaha rider since his arrival in the premier class in 2008, Jorge Lorenzo wants to stay with his current team but is still in negotiations for a contract renewal.
Like his Movistar Yamaha MotoGP colleague Valentino Rossi, Lorenzo has his manager working on a new contract with the team, with both riders’ current deals running out at the end of 2014.

Lorenzo won the 2010 and 2012 MotoGP™ World Championships with Yamaha and he insists his priority is to complete his racing career with the same manufacturer – even if contract negotiations require some more time.

Lorenzo stated, “For this moment we have found some differences between us, but as I always say I would like to finish my career with Yamaha. It would be the most beautiful thing, to finish my career with Yamaha without changing team. So hopefully we can find a solution.”

When pressed to expand on where those differences might be found, Lorenzo answered, “Mainly economically to be honest.”
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1 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 312.7 1'34.530
2 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 305.5 1'34.719 0.189 / 0.189
3 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 308.8 1'34.736 0.206 / 0.017
4 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 309.3 1'34.770 0.240 / 0.034
5 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 310.8 1'34.915 0.385 / 0.145
6 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 309.1 1'34.974 0.444 / 0.059
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 309.8 1'35.069 0.539 / 0.095
8 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 311.2 1'35.187 0.657 / 0.118
9 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 311.4 1'35.364 0.834 / 0.177
10 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 308.4 1'35.885 1.355 / 0.521
11 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 308.3 1'35.888 1.358 / 0.003
12 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 302.6 1'36.269 1.739 / 0.381
13 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Ducati Team Ducati 308.2 1'36.295 1.765 / 0.026
14 45 Scott REDDING GBR GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 295.8 1'36.353 1.823 / 0.058
15 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati 303.9 1'36.363 1.833 / 0.010
16 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Honda 298.0 1'36.375 1.845 / 0.012
17 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Drive M7 Aspar Honda 299.7 1'36.521 1.991 / 0.146
18 23 Broc PARKES AUS Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 292.7 1'37.209 2.679 / 0.688
19 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Drive M7 Aspar Honda 295.0 1'37.275 2.745 / 0.066
20 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Racing Avintia 295.1 1'37.370 2.840 / 0.095
21 70 Michael LAVERTY GBR Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 295.8 1'37.488 2.958 / 0.118
22 63 Mike DI MEGLIO FRA Avintia Racing Avintia 293.9 1'37.498 2.968 / 0.010
23 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Octo IodaRacing Team ART 290.8 1'37.732 3.202 / 0.234
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Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and Aleix Espargaro (NGM Forward Racing) were the top two riders in FP1 at the Iveco Daily TT Assen, the Spanish siblings outpacing the rest of the premier class field on their respective YZR-M1 and Forward-Yamaha machines. One for the family album and the first time two brothers have gone 1-2 in a premier class practice session.
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Full Qualifying Results

1. Aleix Espargaro ESP NGM Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha) 1m 38.789s [Lap 2/7] 299km/h (Top Speed)
2. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 40.194s +1.405s [2/7] 289km/h
3. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 40.732s +1.943s [3/8] 302km/h
4. Andrea Iannone ITA Pramac Racing (Desmosedici) 1m 40.786s +1.997s [2/7] 290km/h
5. Cal Crutchlow GBR Ducati Team (Desmosedici) 1m 40.796s +2.007s [2/6] 291km/h
6. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 40.818s +2.029s [3/4] 296km/h
7. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici) 1m 41.140s +2.351s [3/7] 296km/h
8. Stefan Bradl GER LCR Honda MotoGP (RC213V) 1m 41.982s +3.193s [3/8] 277km/h
9. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 42.259s +3.470s [3/8] 297km/h
10. Alvaro Bautista ESP Go&Fun Honda Gresini (RC213V) 1m 42.884s +4.095s [3/6] 289km/h
11. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)* 1m 43.085s +4.296s [2/6] 300km/h
12. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 43.625s +4.836s [2/8] 299km/h

Q1:
13. Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB Motoracing (RCV1000R) 1m 34.907s
14. Hiroshi Aoyama JPN Drive M7 Aspar (RCV1000R) 1m 34.930s
15. Yonny Hernandez COL Pramac Racing (Desmosedici) 1m 35.056s
16. Scott Redding GBR Go&Fun Honda Gresini (RCV1000R)* 1m 35.059s
17. Danilo Petrucci ITA IodaRacing Project (ART) 1m 35.346s
18. Colin Edwards USA NGM Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha) 1m 35.484s
19. Broc Parkes AUS Paul Bird Motorsport (PBM-ART)* 1m 35.513s
20. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Avintia) 1m 35.631s
21. Michael Laverty GBR Paul Bird Motorsport (PBM-ART) 1m 35.731s
22. Nicky Hayden USA Drive M7 Aspar (RCV1000R) 1m 35.792s
23. Mike Di Meglio FRA Avintia Racing (Avintia)* 1m 35.980s

Aleix finally gets a pole, and all the other 'misplaced' riders had issues with rain interrupting Q2 at a rather unfavorable time.

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Gamble didn't pay off for Vale but he still rode one hell of a race.
Glad to see EspA at the sharp end.
Feel bad for Jorge, those demons of last year really got to him.

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Yeah, I couldn't really understand what was wrong with Jorge. He said, during the post race interview that the bike was ok...12th is not what I expected for JL and this wont help him much with his contract renewal negotiations.
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it was 50/50 for Vale, but I'm glad he's still willing to take these gambles!

I'm a Marquez fan, but I REALLY hope Lorenzo gets back on form, we need him to make the racing exciting. Never fun to watch if only one guy ends up winning all the time without any real competition.

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Yeah, I couldn't really understand what was wrong with Jorge. He said, during the post race interview that the bike was ok...12th is not what I expected for JL and this wont help him much with his contract renewal negotiations.
Obviously the conditions weren't the best but that's not an excuse really. He has a lot of relfection to do; he was a beast at Assen last season performing the way he did with that fracture. So to let his crash (which did very little to his confidence last season) affect him a year later is not like him.

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it was 50/50 for Vale, but I'm glad he's still willing to take these gambles!

I'm a Marquez fan, but I REALLY hope Lorenzo gets back on form, we need him to make the racing exciting. Never fun to watch if only one guy ends up winning all the time without any real competition.

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Scared’ Lorenzo haunted by Assen injury

Double MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo apologised to his team and fans after honestly admitting he was simply 'scared' to take big risks during Saturday's Dutch TT.

The Movistar Yamaha rider initially rose from ninth to sixth during the early wet stages of the Assen race, but after pitting for his slick-tyre bike Lorenzo began suffering flashbacks of last year's accident.

Lorenzo suffered a broken collarbone when he was thrown off in wet practice one year ago, making an amazing return from surgery to claim fifth in the race.

While the Spaniard had been comfortable in the fully wet and then fully dry conditions at the end of this year's grand prix, the on-off rain while on slicks during the middle stages saw him drop as low as 17th.

“It has probably been my worst race in MotoGP. The worst finishing positions,” began Lorenzo, speaking at Assen on Saturday evening. “The bike worked well in the wet. The bike also worked well in the dry. But I was not confident enough.

“I was just scared at this track. When I saw the rain spitting in some corners I just didn't want to take risks.

“So today has been 100 percent my fault. I was to apologise to the team, the people that work with me and the fans because I was unable to be brave, to be fast in these track conditions like the other riders.”

When the rain stopped, Lorenzo regained some of the lost ground but could only finish in 13th place. His best lap was the 25th of the 26.

“It was a pity. In the dry we were competitive, but in these conditions it was my fault. Not being brave and not being competitive. Last year I made something impossible, this year was the opposite. I was the more scared rider.

“When I saw some spitting in some corners on the dry tyres I just didn't want to take the risk to crash again and be injured again at this track. Probably the memory of last year was making me too cautious of the risks and too afraid to be fast.

“Every time I saw the spitting and felt the bike move a bit I got some flashbacks. In the last laps when it stopped spitting my performance was more acceptable, but not before.

“I've won races where you change the bike, but we don't have many races in conditions like this, with rain on slicks. Today I was too scared. You have to admit it, accept it and try to find out why. Luckily these conditions don't happen often.”

Following last year's Assen heroics, Lorenzo bent the plate inserted into his shoulder in a big accident next time out in Germany, requiring another round of surgery. The Spaniard then went under the knife again this winter to have the plate removed.

The Assen race was the latest 2014 setback for Lorenzo, who came within four points of winning a third MotoGP title last season but is only fifth in year's championship, with two podiums from eight starts.



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Dovizioso: Marquez was much faster
Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso said he had no answer to Assen MotoGP race winner Marc Marquez once the Repsol Honda rider made his move

Andrea Dovizioso was rewarded with a superb rostrum finish for Ducati at the Dutch MotoGP following a difficult race in mixed conditions at Assen.

Dovizioso, who held a lead of around four seconds after capitalising on a mistake by eventual winner Marc Marquez after the pair had pitted to switch to slick tyres on lap six, refused to go down without a fight but eventually had to give second best to Marquez as he settled for a brilliant runner-up finish on the Desmosedici.

The Italian rider had qualified in seventh place to head up row three but Dovizioso made a flying start and swapped places with Marquez on the opening lap before settling in behind the Repsol Honda rider in the damp conditions in the early laps as they pulled away from the chasing pack.

Dovizioso, though conceded that he didn't have the pace to match Marquez when the reigning MotoGP world champion recovered from his error to claw back the deficit, taking the lead on lap 16.

“The tyre didn't drop too much. Marquez was much faster and I didn't have the chance to try and follow,” said Dovizioso.

“I tried for two laps but the second position is much more than we expected. It was really wet so it was more about trying to stay on the track and it was quite difficult to understand what was dry and what was wet because the colour was quite the same.

“I think 26 laps was too long for us,” he added. “The track became dry very quickly and my pace was good; I was able to go in front of Marc but when it started to rain a little bit I didn't push for two laps – it wasn't heavy but I decided to hold back a bit.

“It is obviously important [podium finish] but still we are not as fast as we would like.”



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Pedrosa: Anything could happen on a day like this

Dani Pedrosa had few complaints as he came out on top of an entertaining battle with Open class rider Aleix Espargaro in the Dutch MotoGP to finish on the podium in third.

Pedrosa and Espargaro traded blows for much of the race until the Repsol Honda star pulled away in the final stages to consolidate the position behind team-mate Marc Marquez and Andrea Dovizioso.

Given the tricky conditions in the first third of the race, Pedrosa was satisfied to be on the rostrum as he now looks ahead to round nine at the Sachsenring.

“I had a good battle with Aleix [Espargaro] and we were passing each other; he was in front then I was in front and it was nice,” said Pedrosa.

“I tried to push because the track was better in the end and it was good to finish on the podium in a race like this, because you never know what can happen.

“I was quite calm before the start of the race, but I decided not to push so much on the opening laps and I lost touch with Marc and Dovi,” Pedrosa added.

“I should have pushed more in the opening laps - but I chose not to in case it rained again - as the track began to dry out.”

Pedrosa focused on staying calm at the start of the race when riders faced a tyre choice dilemma after rain left the circuit wet in some parts.

“It was a very difficult race and was even a bit chaotic at first, when it came to having to decide which tyres to put on the bike,” he said.

“I kept a cool head and chose the option of wets, because at first the track was a little damp.
we are now focusing on doing a good job in Germany.”



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Marquez credits 'calm' team for Assen win

Assen MotoGP winner Marc Marquez said he had 'everything under control' as the defending world champion secured his eighth win on the bounce this season.

Challenging weather conditions put extra pressure on the riders and teams, but Marquez was able to keep a cool head as he swept to a landmark triumph that saw him equal Giacomo Agostini's 1971 record of eight premier class wins in succession.

Marquez, who started from second place on the grid, survived a close shave when he appeared to tuck the front of his Repsol Honda under braking to regroup and catch Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso, passing the Italian rider at the chicane before going on to win by 6.7s.

He admitted he faced the race with a sense of trepidation, but he needn't have worried as the 21-year-old rose to the challenge in emphatic style once again.

“It was so difficult because of the conditions and it was quite dangerous, but my team were so clever and I was calm and was able to concentrate on my riding,” said Marquez.

“Of course it was a difficult race because of tyre wear and then the track started to dry; I felt better and better in those conditions and my pace was good. I felt good to try to close the difference and I pushed to catch Dovi and overtake him.

“The team had everything under control and that helped me a lot because if it is all panic then that can affect you, but I was calm because of my team,” he added.

“Of course there was a question mark if we should start with slicks or with wets, but we thought slicks were too dangerous and we started with wet tyres.”

Marquez only completed one sighting lap compared to his rivals, who took advantage of the two laps offered by Race Direction, explaining that he felt it was wiser to conserve his wet tyres.

“For me, there was no need for one more lap on the tyre and it didn't have any advantage for me,” he said. “Today I was more cautious because I know that the rivals in the championship were behind me.

“I'm in a very good moment, I feel very strong and everything is going in the correct way. Of course today was a question mark and I was worried, but we won the race and by quite a big distance, so that gives me more confidence and we will use this moment because you never now what will happen in the other races.”

Marquez is now gunning for an astonishing ninth MotoGP win this year at the Sachsenring in Germany in two weeks' time, where he expects team-mate Dani Pedrosa to be particularly strong.

“The weather [at Sachsenring] will be a question mark like here,” he said. “But it's a track where the Honda works so good and also Dani is very powerful here but we will try to do everything possible to fight for the victory.”



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Rossi talks wrong tyre choice - Lorenzo, Marquez risks
"Every corner is dangerous because if it is a little bit wet you crash for sure, so I understand Jorge" - Valentino Rossi.

Valentino Rossi was left to rue a tyre gamble that backfired as the Movistar Yamaha rider salvaged a solid fifth place in the Dutch MotoGP at Assen.

Rossi opted for slick tyres after his sighting laps but as rain began to fall he pulled in after the warm-up lap to switch to his second machine and was forced to start from last place in pit lane.

The Italian star hauled himself up to fifth by the end of the race and Rossi was left to wonder what might have been if he had initially started the race on wets.

“It was a very difficult race, very difficult conditions for everybody. It is always about how much you want to risk and after the warm-up lap I decided to put in the slick and at that moment it was the correct decision – it was a risk, but the track had dried very quickly,” said the 2013 Assen winner.

“It was a risk in the first lap, but if the weather remained like this it was a very good idea. Unfortunately, right on the grid, it started to rain a little bit for two or three minutes and it was very bad for me, because I had the wrong choice.

“I think in that moment I made a good decision to stop and pit before the start and I was able to change bike without losing a lot of time. Unfortunately I had to start from last, but I had the rain tyres,” he added.

“I was quite fast in the wet but there was a lot of traffic and after five or six laps I entered the pit to change bike in the right moment, and also that was important for the final result.

“It was a good second part of the race with the dry bike and we had a very good pace; I did some fast laps and could push hard. I improved some positions and finished fifth.”

Had Rossi made the right choice prior to the race, the nine-time world champion feels he would have challenged for the rostrum at least.

“It's a shame because during the week I was always competitive and I felt good with the bike; I think with a normal race I could fight for sure for the podium and this is good,” he said.

“I was good also in the wet, but unfortunately I don't arrive on the podium after, I think, four podiums in a row. In this situation, it could be a lot worse because [with] fifth position I take 11 points.

“[Dani] Pedrosa now has the same points as me but I can concentrate on being strong for the next race at Sachsenring.”

Rossi's team-mate, Jorge Lorenzo, finished down in 13th position with the double premier class champion unprepared to take risks in the conditions given his accident at the circuit last season – a decision Rossi could fully understand.

“Today was very dangerous, especially when I go out with the slick tyres and you have to understand the limit. Every corner is dangerous because if it is a little bit wet you crash for sure, so I understand Jorge and also he was more behind,” he said.

“Also because he crashed last year maybe he was scared also for that and he didn't want to make another crash. I broke my leg because I had a cold tyre so every time I always think I have to be very careful because the tyre is new, the tyre is cold.”

Asked if he felt Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez was prepared to take more risks than everyone else this season, Rossi said simply that the 21-year-old's success has come because he is currently the fastest rider in the premier class.

“For sure Marc is a rider that for all his career risks a lot and he's very young, so he's very brave. But I think the main reason is that Marquez and Honda together are faster than anybody else on the track,” he said.

“For this reason he can fight for the win every Sunday; he is very clever and always concentrates – he does the right thing and for this reason he won and the target now is to try and win all the races.

“From our side we have to try to beat him at least one time – this is the target.”



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Crutchlow 'If we can alter my bike we’ll get results'
“I believe that if soon we can alter my bike to the way that I want it, we will be able to get the results as well” – Cal Crutchlow.

Cal Crutchlow congratulated Ducati team-mate Andrea Dovizioso on his second podium of the season at Assen, but believes he will need machine alternations to achieve similar results.

Having qualified a season-best fifth in a rain-interrupted qualifying, Crutchlow kept that position as the change from wet to dry bikes was made on lap six of the race. However the Englishman then lost ground to cross the line in ninth, seeing the chequered flag for the first time since Le Mans on May 18.

“I'm going to have a big celebration tonight because we haven't finished in over a month!” smiled Crutchlow. “Seriously, I think we needed to finish the race no matter what happened. We beat some of the guys that I didn't think at the start of the weekend we could beat.

“We never had the pace in the wet or the dry, but I was happy to even be involved a little bit in some battles.

“I had a really strange feeling with the wet rear tyre so I couldn't take advantage at the start and go with Andrea and Marc, which I felt we could have if we had some more rear grip.

“I think it was the setting of the bike, we'd only done two or three wet laps at a test in Jerez and didn't have a base setting for me to go off as such. I had good confidence in the front in the rain, but no rear grip at all. I think the rear was a bit too high.

“When we changed to the dry [bike] and I felt the pace was not too bad, but in the end the bike was understeering way too much. We were unable to be competitive and finished where we finished.”

On Friday, Crutchlow stated that his priority was to learn something that will help improve the performance of the Desmosedici, regardless of his finishing position in the race.

So had he been able to learn anything today?

“I learned that the problems were still there in the race and it doesn't matter how you ride the bike. My position on the bike is wrong. I've said it over and over again, but there's nothing we can do,” said Crutchlow. “I can't ask them to come up with what we want on our side of the garage to change my position on the bike. You can't do it and that's that.

“We have more understeer than the other guys and we ride the bike in another way to the other guys. It doesn't matter how you alter the line or if you do the same line as them, it doesn't make a difference. We still have more understeer and less lean angle [see Thursday's story] and as the race goes on and the tyre gets more worn, it gets worse and worse.

“Last year [at Tech 3 Yamaha] it seemed that as the race went on I got faster and faster.

“We are not fast enough that is for sure. We need to be fast with the same tyres as the Factory [Honda and Yamaha] guys as well. Not just use the soft tyre. Today I used the soft tyre, which I was reluctant to do.

“We have to go into the next race optimistic. I think the team did a fantastic job with Andrea getting on the podium. They thoroughly deserved it. It shows that for Andrea they are going in the right direction, with him and with the way that he rides the bike, and they got thoroughly rewarded for it.

“I believe that if soon we can alter my bike to the way that I want it, we will be able to get the results as well.”

Crutchlow wouldn't be drawn on the exact nature of the body position change he is seeking: “I'm not willing to say... everyone will know my secrets!”



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