As always in Assen, we’ve had to fight the weather, and this weekend was no different. On this occasion it wasn’t particularly bad rain, but the track became difficult in places frequently enough.
Despite this, Danilo Petrucci battled for victory to the very end, only missing out by a single place! Also the return of Alex Rins is fantastic news, and hopefully he can get back to achieving good finishes.
Positive points from Moto2 and Moto3 too, where the starting grid looked great after qualifying, even if the race finished less successfully which is disappointing..
Next round is over in Germany, where we won’t be fighting over the beer and sausages, well not quite as much as the racing anyway!
Remember when riding, it’s great to enjoy a nice lunch with friends, but please eat light & no alcohol!!
DANILO PETRUCCI 2nd
“It’s a great result. I am very happy for this P2 although I have to admit that for a long time I had the taste of victory in my mouth. I was convinced I could pass Valentino in the last lap. Everything was set for the overtake but unfortunately I struggled to pass Rins and Barberà who were lapped. It’s a pity. I am sure, however, that tomorrow morning I will realize what we did: a great weekend. And to be honest I can not wait to be in Germany. I want to win!”.
ALEX RINS 17th
"I’m happy about this race. It’s positive that at the end of this weekend I was able to experience all of these different conditions: dry, then wet, and also the flag to flag. The start of the race was not a good one, and I struggled to find the pace, but then I managed to get more confident and I could overtake and recover. When it started to rain I took a risk in swapping the bike, because I was already feeling less than comfortable, and I thought it would rain more heavily. That didn’t happen, so the result was that I lost time, but this also means more experience for me. I’m sorry for the final lap. What happened was that I didn’t see the blue flags, and my position was a bother to Petrucci, so I apologise to him.”
HAFIZH SYAHRIN 8th
"It was a tough race but in the end we got a good eighth place that is worth points and morale. The bike worked well, unfortunately I lost time at the start of the race and then I had to retrieve it. We struggle to improve again "
JAKUB KORNFEIL 17th
"I had a fantastic race start, at the second corner I was fourth, then the rear wheel slipped and I was almost dropped by the bike, in the end it was a nice duel in the group, but the sad thing is that I could not win it. Bezzecchi got in front of me in the last part of the race and it finished. I do not think this race was the worst, but it is still unsatisfactory. "