At Assen earlier today, Ducati’s Pecco Bagnaia bounced back from a spate of recent DNFs with a convincing win. On the podium with Bagnaia were two somewhat unexpected riders, including rookie Marco Bezzecchi (Ducati), earning his first podium in the premier class, and Maverick Vinales, earning his first podium after moving to the Aprilia factory team.
Championship points leader Fabio Quartararo attempted to move into second position behind Bagnaia early in the race, but he crashed and knocked Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia) into the gravel. Espargaro kept his bike upright, however, and joined the race near the back of the field before putting on an impressive ride to finish fourth.
Quartararo picked up his bike and circulated the track rather slowly before entering the pits, and then rejoined the race only to crash again before retiring. Quartararo stated after the race that he was unhurt except for a sore shoulder.
Quartararo remains the championship points leader, but now has a smaller 21 point lead over second place Aleix Espargaro. For full results of today’s race, take a look here. You can find additional details on the MotoGP site. The MotoGP series takes its summer break now before racing resumes at Silverstone in early August.
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