Valentino Rossi held off Pramac Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci to win his first race in over one year in Assen, today.
Johann Zarco had taken pole position and led the opening stages of the race from Marquez and Rossi, but Rossi made his way to the front with about 15 laps to go. In an attempt to retake the lead, Zarco clipped Rossi and fell behind Marquez and then Petrucci.
Lower down the field, Dovizioso and Vinales were making their way through the field from their lowly grid positions. Vinales had made his way up to fifth before his crashed out at the final chicane. This promoted Dovizioso up to fifth and he would rapidly close in on the top four.
However with just under 10 laps to go, rain started falling out on track, and Dovizioso was past Zarco, who pulled into the pits to switch to the wet tyres, which turned out to be the wrong decision. Things got worse for the pole sitter as he was handed a ride through penalty for pitlane overspeeding, and ended up finishing down in 14th place.
Dovizioso made it all the way up to second and it looked like the hat trick was on the cards for the Ducati rider, but the group split and Dovizioso and Marquez fell off the pace with Crutchlow joining them while Petrucci and Rossi battled it out for the victory.
Howver, due to Barbera and Rins, who had also switched onto the wets, the two were separated and Rossi was left to take victory from his fellow Italian with Marquez just nabbing third from Crutchlow and Dovizioso with last year’s race winner, Jack Miller finishing sixth.
It now means that Andrea Dovizioso leads the championship by four points over Maverick Vinales with today’s race winner now up to third.