Bagnaia wins Dutch TT as Quartararo blots copybook

Aleix Espargaro and Fabio Quartararo collide. Source: Fox Sports

Francesco Bagnaia has converted pole position into victory at the Dutch TT but the story was all about a rare Fabio Quartararo shocker.

The Monster Energy Yamaha star’s bid for a second successive world title took a big hit as he crashed twice at Assen.

The first occasion, on Lap 5, was particularly high drama as he fired down the inside of championship rival Aleix Espargaro at Turn 5 in an effort to reclaim second, only for the pair to collide.

Espargaro managed to stay upright, but tumbled down the order to 15th, while Quartararo dropped his #20 and fell to last.

The Frenchman got back to the pits and soon returned to the track – but not for long, suffering a violent highside at the same corner eight laps later.

Quartararo limped away from the scene and by the time he’d made it back to the garage, was left to watch on as Espargaro scythed his way through the field to close the margin at the top of the standings.

From 15th, Espargaro made pass after pass to be eighth by Lap 16 of 26, and would go on to finish fourth, sealed with a stunning double overtake on Jack Miller and Brad Binder at the final chicane.

The recovery ride brings him back within 21 points of the lead as MotoGP enters its summer break.

Meanwhile out in front, Bagnaia never looked back after blitzing the start.

Desperate to bounce back from crashing out last weekend at the Sachsenring, Bagnaia managed his pace supremely, with not even some mid-race drops of rain that triggered white flags throwing him off.

Francesco Bagnaia

Making the most of the Quartararo/Espargaro drama was rookie Marco Bezzecchi, bringing his VR46 Ducati home second, while Maverick Viñales picked up his maiden Aprilia podium.

Viñales came under attack from Miller in the closing stages, the Australian launching a move at the end of the penultimate lap but unable to make it stick.

Having started sixth and dropped as low as 10th after serving a long lap penalty, Miller took the flag sixth, just behind Binder.

The rain drops did hinder Jorge Martin, who could only finish seventh despite running third through the middle phase of the race.

Rounding out the points in eighth through 15th was Joan Mir, Miguel Oliveira, Alex Rins, Enea Bastianini, Takaaki Nakagami, Johann Zarco, Fabio Di Giannantonio, and Alex Marquez.

Remy Gardner was 19th of the 20 finishers.

Joining Quartararo in the DNF bracket was fellow Yamaha riders Franco Morbidelli and Darryn Binder who both crashed out, and Gardner’s team-mate Raul Fernandez who retired from the race with an apparent arm pump issue.

With the summer break now starting, MotoGP action does not resume until early August at Silverstone.

Results: Dutch TT

Position Number Rider Team Bike Gap
1 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati
2 72 Marco Bezzecchi Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati +0.444
3 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia Racing Aprilia +1.209
4 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Racing Aprilia +2.585
5 33 Brad Binder Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +2.721
6 43 Jack Miller Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati +3.045
7 89 Jorge Martin Prima Pramac Racing Ducati +4.340
8 36 Joan Mir Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki +8.185
9 88 Miguel Oliveira Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +8.325
10 42 Alex Rins Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki +8.596
11 23 Enea Bastianini Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati +9.783
12 30 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda Idemitsu Honda +10.617
13 5 Johann Zarco Prima Pramac Racing Ducati +14.405
14 49 Fabio Di Giannantonio Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati +17.681
15 73 Alex Marquez LCR Honda Castrol Honda +25.866
16 4 Andrea Dovizioso WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team Yamaha +29.711
17 10 Luca Marini Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati +30.296
18 6 Stefan Bradl Repsol Honda Team Honda +32.225
19 87 Remy Gardner Tech3 KTM Factory Racing KTM +34.947
20 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia Racing Aprilia +35.798
DNF 25 Raul Fernandez Tech3 KTM Factory Racing KTM
DNF 20 Fabio Quartararo Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
DNF 40 Darryn Binder WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team Yamaha
DNF 21 Franco Morbidelli Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
DNS 44 Pol Espargaro Repsol Honda Team Honda

Riders’ championship

Pos Rider Nat Pts
1 Fabio QUARTARARO FRA 172
2 Aleix ESPARGARO ESP 151
3 Johann ZARCO FRA 114
4 Francesco BAGNAIA ITA 106
5 Enea BASTIANINI ITA 105
6 Brad BINDER RSA 93
7 Jack MILLER AUS 91
8 Joan MIR ESP 77
9 Alex RINS ESP 75
10 Miguel OLIVEIRA POR 71
11 Jorge MARTIN ESP 70
12 Maverick VIÑALES ESP 62
13 Marc MARQUEZ ESP 60
14 Marco BEZZECCHI ITA 55
15 Luca MARINI ITA 52
16 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN 42
17 Pol ESPARGARO ESP 40
18 Alex MARQUEZ ESP 27
19 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA 25
20 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO ITA 18
21 Darryn BINDER RSA 10
22 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA 10
23 Remy GARDNER AUS 9
24 Raul FERNANDEZ ESP 5
25 Stefan BRADL GER 0
26 Michele PIRRO ITA 0
27 Lorenzo SAVADORI ITA 0

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