This weekend the MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 championships continued with the eighth-round taking place at the TT Circuit Assen, in the Netherlands.
In a thrilling Moto2 race title leader Johann Zarco stormed to victory at the TT Circuit. The race was re-started and reduced to 16-laps because of a red flag in the original race, due to a crash that left oil on the track. During the re-start Zarco got a bad start off the line and had to make his way back up the pack.
By lap-eight the Frenchman had started to hunt down Rabat for the lead and timing it to perfection Zarco took the lead with three-laps to go, and won his third race of the season by 0.757s. In an impressive finish Zarco improved his pace setting a 1’37.9, a 1’38.0, a 1’37.5 and a 1’37.6 as the race ended, each of these laps was at least 0.2s quicker than Rabat’s times from the same lap.
Fellow SHARK supported Sam Lowes crossed the line third after an excellent ride to secure his third podium of the season. Lowes’s pace was strong and consistent throughout the race, but the former World Supersport champion lacked the final step to truly challenge for the win.
In Moto3 Miguel Oliveria secured his second win of the season, overcoming an aggressive race long battle. Starting from sixth on the grid, Oliveria got an excellent start and led into the first corner. The last lap was critical for the Portuguese man, who had to call on his vast experience in the class to find the perfect position on track to block other riders.
In MotoGP Aleix Espargaro came home inside the top-ten in ninth place and Scott Redding took a hard fought 13th place finish.
The championship now heads to the tight and twisty Sachsenring circuit in Germany, which takes place 10-12 July.
I had a good fight with Tito and he was quite aggressive, so I say OK it’s a good fight! He faded towards the end but I was still strong enough to pass him. I thought it was better to overtake two laps from the end and try and push as I felt I had the speed to do this.
I’m happy with my performance today, because I did not make too many mistakes and it was a pretty difficult race. To be honest, after the warm up I did not know if I could take the victory, having ridden behind Kent. But in the race I made a good start and I tried to believe in myself, concentrate and go forward. I followed a good strategy and I put myself in a good position to overtake the other riders. In the final braking move I tried to defend my position and I managed to win. It was fun, with a lot of overtaking, but it was very hard and the race felt quite long. I managed to maintain a good pace; it was difficult with the strong wind today, so at the end we had to be very focused. I’m really happy with this second win of the season, thank you to the team.