Vinales bought home a well needed win for Yamaha and taking his and Yamaha’s first win, since last year at Philip Island!
For the first half of the race, Maverick Vinales was managing his time behind Fabio Quartararo and Marc Marquez. However, with 7 laps to go, Vinales pulled the pin and managed to take the win with ease. Marquez settled for 2nd with Quartararo finishing in an eventful 3rd.
It seemed that the favourite to win the Dutch TT was pole sitter Fabio Quartararo. However, the young Frenchman had massive stability issues down the straights. This meant that Marquez and Vinales eventually stormed past him along the straight. If it wasn’t for this issue, then surely Quartararo would’ve challenged Vinales for the win.
At the start, Alex Rins was leading a Suzuki 1-2 but 2 laps into the race, Rins lost the front end as well as his chances of winning his 2nd MotoGP race. Rins’ teammate Joan Mir managed to finish in a very respectable 8th but it went from hero to zero for Suzuki.
Just like qualifying, Ducati struggled. Dovizioso finished 4th and is now 44 points behind Marc Marquez. He battled with his teammate, throughout the race and can consider himself lucky that they didn’t take each other out. Petrucci was passed on the last lap by Franko Morbidelli for 5th. Despite finishing 6th, Danilo Petrucci managed to leapfrog Alex Rins for 3rd in the championship standings.
Valentino Rossi, once again, had an awful weekend! The Italian crashed out, after tangling with Takaaki Nakagami. This is the 3rd race in a row that Rossi has crashed out in.
Article by Ollie Cassidy