Assen MotoGP 2017: Race Round Up
If you had to watch only one race from the 2017 season, watch the Assen MotoGP.
It seems like we’re saying at the end of every race, but the 2017 Assen MotoGP was indeed one of the most spectacular races we’ve seen in recent years. And now that the dust has settled, and people have had time catch up, we can tell you what happened without too much of a spoiler risk. But let’s get the obvious out of the way (because if you follow this page, you inevitably follow another one that’s already given this news away): Valentino Rossi broke his dry spell and achieved his 115th career victory. And how!
Assen MotoGP 2017: Valentino Rossi Rules Supreme
Rossi’s first victory for 2017 came about after making sensible tire choices, opting for a revised chassis as opposed to the current 2017 version, and after some grueling battles between himself, Johann Zarco, Danilo Petrucci, and Marc Marquez.
While we’re all celebrating the Doctor’s return to the top step of the podium, a round of applause is also due to his countryman Danilo Petrucci who had a sterling race, and perhaps would’ve won the GP had it not been for a slight hold up by the back markers. The pair of Italians put on a sensational show for the spectators, vying for first and second place in the closing laps.
Marquez looked to be in a comfortable third place until LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow managed to find a second wind and put up a vicious assault towards the end of the race. In the end, Marquez earned third, followed by Crutchlow in fourth, with Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso in fifth.
As rain threatened to fall at the legendary Assen circuit, Johann Zarco took an unexpected gamble and entered pit lane to swap his bike for one with a wet weather configuration. Unfortunately, his gamble failed as the rain failed to fall with any significance, and after he was caught out by race direction for speeding in pit lane too. In the end, Zarco (who led the race from pole) had to settle for a disappointing fourteenth place.
Zarco wasn’t alone in his disappointment, as Maverick Vinales also lost his title lead after falling mid way through a chicane. The Spaniard managed to walk away unhurt thanks to the lightning fast reflexes of Andrea Dovizioso, who managed to avoid running over Vinales’s head, as you can see in the picture above! It was an eventful race, and one that definitely requires multiple re-watches.
Assen MotoGP 2017: Race Results
1. Valentino Rossi – Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 41m 41.149s
2. Danilo Petrucci – Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP17) 41m 41.212s
3. Marc Marquez – Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 41m 46.350s
4. Cal Crutchlow – LCR Honda (RC213V) 41m 46.392s
5. Andrea Dovizioso – Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17) 41m 46.476s
6. Jack Miller – Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 42m 4.539s
7. Karel Abraham – Pull&Bear Aspar Team (Desmosedici GP15) 42m 18.131s
8. Loris Baz – Reale Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP15) 42m 18.207s
9. Andrea Iannone – Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 42m 18.315s
10. Aleix Espargaro – Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 42m 43.078s
11. Pol Espargaro – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) 42m 50.533s
12. Tito Rabat – Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 42m 51.270s
13. Dani Pedrosa – Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 42m 51.493s
14. Johann Zarco – Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 43m 16.804s
15. Jorge Lorenzo – Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17) +1 lap
16. Hector Barbera – Reale Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP16) +1 lap
17. Alex Rins – Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) +1 lap
Scott Redding – Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP16) DNF
Alvaro Bautista – Pull&Bear Aspar Team (Desmosedici GP16) DNF
Bradley Smith – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) DNF
Maverick Viñales – Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) DNF
Jonas Folger – Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) DNF
Sam Lowes – Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) DNF