Moto2 had a lot to live up to after the extraordinary action Moto3 provided and it too provided great entertainment from the Assen TT circuit.
Marquez, after learning he will not be reprimanded for the Catalunya incident by the FIM this week, found himself able to relax in his pursuit of the championship after both Tom Luthi and Pol Espargaro crashed out early on. One job remained – to reel in Andrea Iannone who had used the drama to his advantage to stretch out a lead on his Speed Master machine. Marquez caught and passed Iannone fairly and cleanly with a flourish of his talent and none of the controversial moves of the last few races.
Scott Redding kept the strong British performances coming with a back to back podium result in third place for the Marc VDS team.
The Moto3 class rarely disappoints but at the’ cathedral of racing’ – Assen- it really provided something spectacular. The fight to the line had drama all the way with Kent, Cortese and Vinales all looking to be in with a shout at victory, with Rossi and Salom ready to pounce and capitalise on any errors just behind.
The frantic nature of the race then spilled over after the flag when a video replay was needed to split the positions after the victorious Vinales, and even then Salom was removed from parc ferme to make way for Danny Kent and his first ever Moto3 podium, so the Red Bull KTM updates look to be paying off.
Cortese’s agressive racing style has also been called into question as Marquez is often involved with race direction over similar moves, it is also possible to reason that the move were Cortese hit Kent was as agressive as Bautista was when he carved down Lorenzo in MotoGP and Bautista was penalised while Cortese has not yet been reprimanded this season.
Maverick Vinales gave a masterful performance easing out to a easy win at the Catalunya Moto3 race on Sunday, while Sandro Cortsese did enough to keep hold of his championship lead and portuguese rider Miguel Oliveira took his first ever podium.
Marc Marquez took hold of Moto2 qualifying and barely yielded his top position all session, Espargaro and Luthi completed the top three, they are also the current top three in the championship standings (albeit not in the same order – Pol leads the way!) so we should be in for an exiting race!
Maverick Vinales stormed to pole in his home race, Moto3 has been tightly contested so far this year, with a different winner at every round. Sandro Cortese showed strength of character to qualify well, despite needing to have blood drained from his hand – an injury he picked up in practice.
A big mention to Scot John McPhee for putting in a stellar wildcard qualifying performance too!