Here’s a brief account of the Moto3 and Moto2 action in Assen, as usual for more visit the full round-up at Paddockchatter.com or my individual Moto2 and Moto3 race reports for crash.net, just click on the orange links!
Pons rider Pol Espargaro in action
Image by Pons Tuent HP 40
Moto3 kicked off an exciting day of action in Assen with an action packed race which started as a five-way fight for victory until Maverick Vinales and Luis Salom were left to battle it out on the last lap.
Salom’s late well-timed move aboard his Red Bull KTM Ajo made the difference and gave him three wins in a row and a ten point lead in the championship. Team Calvo’s Vinales had to settle for second, with both riders keeping the championship battle tense by maintaining their perfect podium records.
One-time leader Alex Rins fought back for the final podium spot for the Estrella Galicia team ahead of pole-sitter Miguel Oliveira for the ever improving Mahindra outfit and his team-mate Alex Marquez in fifth, the final finisher in the leading group.
John McPhee finished 21st for Caretta while Danny Webb crashed out on his 100th Grand Prix start, leaving him with a suspected broken wrist.
Moto2 was, as expected a battle to the end between championship rivals Pol Espargaro and leader Scott Redding.
After swapping position and stalking each other for the duration it came down to the last lap move made by Tuenti HP 40 rider Espargaro to seal the win for the Spaniard, giving him back to back wins and victory for every race he has started on pole. It takes the championship gap between himself and Redding down to 30 points as the Marc VDS man secured second after a solid race.
Dominique took his second career podium after being one-time race leader for the Technomag carXpert team after a dramatic last lap fightback where he passed the leaders team mates Mika Kallio and Tito Rabat who finished fourth and fifth respectively.
Contender Johann Zarco had to settle for sixth for Ioda Racing just ahead of Xavier Simeon for the Desguaces La Torre Maptaq team. Eight spot went to Interwetten rider Tom Luthi with Aspar’s Jordi Torres the top Aspar bike in ninth. Ant West completed a strong weekend with a tenth for QMMF, he was also the best placed Speed Up rider.
Danny Kent was 20th for Tech3 while wild-card rider Gino Rea finished in 25th in just his second race this season.
Moto3 Assen Race Result Top 15:
1. Luis Salom SPA Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 38m 20.086
2. Maverick Viñales SPA Team Calvo (KTM) 38m 20.208
3. Alex Rins SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 38m 20.368
4. Miguel Oliveira POR Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 38m 20.464
5. Alex Marquez SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 38m 20.502
6. Jonas Folger GER Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 (Kalex KTM) 38m 39.732
7. Jack Miller AUS Caretta Technology – RTG (FTR Honda) 38m 47.77s
8. Arthur Sissis AUS Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 38m 47.897
9. Alexis Masbou FRA Ongetta-Rivacold (FTR Honda) 38m 54.883
10. Niklas Ajo FIN Avant Tecno (KTM) 38m 54.909
11. Isaac Viñales SPA Ongetta-Centro Seta (FTR Honda) 38m 55.216
12. Efren Vazquez SPA Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 38m 55.447
13. Niccolò Antonelli ITA Go&Fun Gresini Moto3 (FTR Honda) 38m 55.609
14. Romano Fenati ITA San Carlo Team Italia (FTR Honda) 38m 55.714
15. Brad Binder RSA Ambrogio Racing (Suter Honda) 38m 55.972
Moto2 Assen Race result Top 15:
1. Pol Espargaro SPA Tuenti HP 40 (Kalex) 39m 51.883
2. Scott Redding GBR Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 39m 52.000
3. Dominique Aegerter SWI Technomag carXpert (Suter) 39m 55.392
4. Mika Kallio FIN Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 39m 55.539
5. Esteve Rabat SPA Tuenti HP 40 (Kalex) 39m 55.876
6. Johann Zarco FRA Came Iodaracing Project (Suter) 39m 55.956
7. Xavier Simeon BEL Desguaces La Torre Maptaq (Kalex) 40m 0.978
8. Thomas Luthi SWI Interwetten Paddock (Suter) 40m 4.154
9. Jordi Torres SPA Aspar Team Moto2 (Suter) 40m 5.628
10. Anthony West AUS QMMF Racing Team (Speed Up) 40m 8.171
11. Julian Simon SPA Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 40m 8.195
12. Randy Krummenache SWI Technomag carXpert (Suter) 40m 8.656
13. Louis Rossi FRA Tech 3 (Tech 3) 40m 9.130
14. Marcel Schrotter GER Desguaces La Torre SAG (Kalex) 40m 9.863
15. Sandro Cortese GER Dynavolt Intact GP (Kalex) 40m 14.179