MotoGP | Bagnaia Triumphs in Assen, Extends Championship Lead; Bezzecchi Shines in Sprint Race


The Motul TT Assen showcased an exhilarating battle for victory in the MotoGP Championship, with Francesco Bagnaia emerging as the dominant force on Sunday.

Despite the fierce competition from Tissot Sprint winner Marco Bezzecchi, Bagnaia’s relentless performance secured him another win this season.

The race in Assen proved to be a pivotal moment for both riders as they aimed to solidify their positions in the championship standings.

Set against the backdrop of the iconic Assen circuit, the race brought added significance as the championship contenders vied for crucial points before the summer break.

Marco Bezzecchi, holding third place in the standings, showcased remarkable speed during qualifying and the Sprint race, earning pole position and victory in the shorter event.

Championship leader Francesco Bagnaia started alongside Bezzecchi on the front row, while Jorge Martin faced an uphill battle from the fourth row.


As the race commenced, Brad Binder made a sensational start from fifth on the grid, lunging past Bagnaia at Turn 1 to snatch the lead. Elbows out and determined, Binder commanded the first lap, with Bagnaia and Bezzecchi in close pursuit.

Aleix Espargaro and Luca Marini remained within striking distance in fourth and fifth positions, respectively. Maverick Vinales also showed his mettle, surging from seventh on the grid to fifth place.

However, Jack Miller’s hopes were dashed when he crashed out, leaving Vinales to continue his charge until his own unfortunate exit. Meanwhile, Fabio Quartararo’s misfortunes continued as he dropped to 12th place from the grid’s fourth spot and eventually crashed alongside Johann Zarco.

Francesco Bagnaia seized the lead from Binder with 24 laps remaining, showcasing his prowess by establishing a blistering pace at the front. The Italian rider quickly opened up a gap, with Binder and Bezzecchi valiantly giving chase.

As the laps dwindled, Bagnaia appeared to be in control, steadily extending his lead. Nevertheless, Binder and Bezzecchi remained determined, refusing to let go of their pursuit.

With 10 laps to go, Bezzecchi decided to make his move, overtaking Binder to secure second place. His mission was now to close the gap to Bagnaia, but despite his best efforts, Bezzecchi couldn’t breach the lead. Binder, unwilling to relinquish his position, fought back fiercely.

On the final lap, it became clear that Bagnaia had executed a flawless race, maintaining a slight gap between himself and Bezzecchi. The Ducati rider crossed the finish line just over a second ahead of his competitor, claiming a well-deserved victory at Assen.

Bagnaia’s triumph not only solidified his standing as a title contender but also extended his lead in the MotoGP Championship.

The victory at Assen further bolsters Bagnaia’s campaign for the championship title, while Bezzecchi’s podium finish signifies his continued ascent in the ranks.

As the season progresses, MotoGP fans eagerly anticipate the thrilling battles that lie ahead in this fiercely competitive championship.

See the Championship standings after the race in Assen:

1Francesco BagnaiaDucati194
2Jorge MartinDucati159
3Marco BezzecchiDucati158
4Brad BinderKTM114
5Johann ZarcoDucati109
6Luca MariniDucati98
7Jack MillerKTM79
8Aleix EspargaroAprilia77
9Fabio QuartararoYamaha64
10Alex MarquezDucati63
11Franco MorbidelliYamaha57
12Maverick ViƱalesAprilia56
13Alex RinsHonda47
14Augusto FernandezKTM42
15Fabio Di GiannantonioDucati34

MotoGP returns on August 5th with the British GP at the Silverstone circuit.


Marcelo Souza

Author, Editor and Administrator of the MotoNews World website, graduated in Accounting, passionate about motorcycles and technology.

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