Valentino Rossi wins the Assen GP

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Sunday 30th June, 2013 - 12:02am

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Rossi takes his first win since Malaysia in 2010

Rossi takes his first win since Malaysia in 2010

Valentino Rossi has won the latest round of the MotoGP World Championship at Assen in the Netherlands.

Rossi’s last win came at Malaysia in 2010 which was also an event that secured Jorge Lorezo the championship win that season.

The win at Assen is a massive boost for the Yamaha factory team with the return of ‘The Doctor’ sending both the fans and the team into a frenzy of celebration.

“I’m so happy I cannot believe it,” said Rossi.

“It’s a great feeling to be back in first position as it’s been a long, long time from Sepang in 2010 and this year I made it my dream to be back on the top of the podium.”

“I never give up and I always work because this is my passion to ride and race motorcycles and I have to thank Yamaha for giving me another chance with them in the factory team.

“Now we have to continue at this level.” Rossi added.

Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez pushed through on teammate Dani Pedrosa with 9 laps to go to secure second place come race end.

A bad start from Tech 3 Yamaha rider Cal Crutchlow saw the pole getter slip back to fifth on the opening lap but the Brit fought and a big pass on Pedrosa with six laps remaining saw Crutchlow steel the final step of the podium.

From the second row of grid Pedrosa went straight to front by the first corner of the race but couldn’t maintain the front running pace and had to settle for fourth by the close of the race.

Jorge Lorenzo was the remarkable story of the weekend after the Spaniard was airlifted back to Barcelona for surgery on his broken collarbone from a Thursday practice accident.

After returning to the track, post-Surgery, Lorenzo was given permission to ride in the warm-up and completed 11 trouble-free laps, just 0.7 seconds off the pace in eighth place.

He then underwent a final medical examination before being signed off to race despite recovering from surgery less than 48 hours prior and finished fifth from 10th on the grid.

Starting from 19th on the grid Australian Bryan Staring finished the race 21st atop his GO&FUN Honda CRT bike.

Assen Race Results

Pos

Rider

Bike

Diff

1

Valentino Rossi

Yamaha

41:25.202

2

Marc Márquez

Honda

2.170

3

Cal Crutchlow

Yamaha

4.073

4

Daniel Pedrosa

Honda

7.832

5

Jorge Lorenzo

Yamaha

15.510

6

Stefan Bradl

Honda

27.519

7

Alvaro Bautista

Honda

31.598

8

Aleix Espargaró

ART/Aprilia

32.405

9

Bradley Smith

Yamaha

33.751

10

Andrea Dovizioso

Ducati

33.801

11

Nicky Hayden

Ducati

34.371

12

Randy de Puniet

ART/Aprilia

57.674

13

Andrea Iannone

Ducati

1:01.424

14

Michele Pirro

Ducati

1:01.561

15

Karel Abraham

ART/Aprilia

1:04.426

16

Danilo Petrucci

Ioda-Suter/BMW

1:11.114

17

Colin Edwards

FTR Kawasaki

1:15.249

18

Claudio Corti

FTR Kawasaki

1:24.884

19

Yonny Hernández

ART/Aprilia

1:25.854

20

Héctor Barberá

FTR/Kawasaki

1:25.978

21

Bryan Staring

FTR Honda

1:26.256

22

Michael Laverty

PBM/Aprilia

1:26.610

23

Ivan Silva

FTR/Kawasaki

1:38.173

Lukas Pesek

Ioda-Suter/BMW

Retirement

2013 MotoGP Championship Standings

Pos Rider Points
1 Daniel Pedrosa 136
2 Jorge Lorenzo 127
3 Marc Márquez 113
4 Cal Crutchlow 87
5 Valentino Rossi 85
6 Andrea Dovizioso 65
7 Stefan Bradl 51
8 Nicky Hayden 50
9 Alvaro Bautista 47
10 Aleix Espargaró 44
11 Bradley Smith 41
12 Michele Pirro 30
13 Andrea Iannone 24
14 Randy de Puniet 15
15 Héctor Barberá 13
16 Danilo Petrucci 13
17 Colin Edwards 10
18 Ben Spies 9
19 Yonny Hernández 6
20 Claudio Corti 4
21 Michael Laverty 3
22 Karel Abraham 3
23 Bryan Staring 2
24 Hiroshi Aoyama 1
25 Javier del Amor 1

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