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Aleix Espargaró enjoys a fourth place finish in the Assen chaos

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The Catalan recovered from a crash and took advantage of Quartararo’s ‘zero’ to earn points in the league

Maverick Viñales climbs onto the podium

MADRID, June 26 (EUROPA PRESS) –

Italian Francesco ‘Pecco’ Bagnaia (Ducati) took victory this Sunday in the chaotic MotoGP race of the Dutch Grand Prix, the eleventh round of the motorcycle world championship in which championship leader Frenchman Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha ), went down and overtook the Spaniard Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia), who managed to recover in fourth place after a spectacular last double overtaking maneuver.

The Assen race seemed ruined for the World Championship top two at Turn 5 of lap six when the Nice native went down trying to pass the Catalan, who was also dragged into the gravel trap. However, both were able to return to the track, first in last place and second in fifteenth.

With the bike wrecked, ‘El Diablo’ withstood the rain to try and rule the chaos, but the first few drops on the Dutch track only caused another crash, headfirst, in the same spot as the first. This time yes, the ‘high side’ ended the adventure of a Quartararo who only risked at Yamaha’s request and left Assen with a ‘zero’.

Meanwhile, Aleix focused on continuing to improve positions to take as many points away from the general classification leader, although he never imagined what was to come. With 17 laps to go he was eighth and just three laps to go he was seventh.


On the last lap he passed Jorge Martin (Ducati) to gain a position and in the chicane he pulled off the best overtake of the year, passing both Australian Jack Miller (Ducati) and South African Brad Binder (KTM). and finished fourth. .

The man from Granollers (151) was 13 points ahead of Quartararo (172) before the summer break, with whom he is now 21 points apart. “I saw that I had the best bike today. There was a time when I was fourteenth and told myself I had to go flat out,” he said.

‘Pecco’ Bagnaia, who signed his third win of the season and sixth of the year for Ducati, will also have a good taste in his mouth; the also Italian Marco Bezzecchi (Ducati) and the Spaniard Maverick Viñales (Aprilia), who achieved his 69th podium in the championship.

Among the rest of the Spaniards, Jorge Martín (Ducati) was seventh, Joan Mir (Suzuki) eighth, Alex Rins (Suzuki) tenth and Alex Márquez (Honda) fifteenth. Raúl Fernández (KTM) couldn’t finish.

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