At a track, TT at Assen, where Valentino Rossi had tremendous amount of success and also where he scored his last win in Moto Gp – 2 riders, 63FrancescoBagnaia and 72MarcoBezzechi from the VR46 academy taking 1 & 2 was quite an emotional scene with VR46 flags fluttering in the stands filled with the yellow of the fans.
A miserable day for the championship leader and reigning world champion, Fabio Quartararo. Was reckoned as the favorite to take the race win after his form in the previous 2 races and in the qualifying yesterday. 2 crashes at the same turn 5 got his race done for good and scored his first DNF for the season.
His immediate rival in the championship, Aleix Espargaro, was forced to take avoiding action when Quartararo went for a very ambitious move down the inside into turn 5. That left him down in P15 before he valiantly fought back to finish P4 by the race finish. With Fabio scoring a DNF, Aleix ate into the lead by 13 pts and is now 21 pts behind.
The DNF for Fabio and dominant win from flag to finish for Bagnaia means he got a glimmer of hope to sketch a fight back into the championship. He’s now moved into P4 with 106 pts, still 66 behind.
The Moto Gp paddock goes for a 6 weeks’ break before Rd. 12 at Silverstone for the British Gp. Quartararo was given a post race penalty for causing a collision, which would be served as a long lap penalty at the next race in Silverstone. The GP of Finland which was initially scheduled on the 10th of July at the Kymi ring was cancelled and postponed to 2023 due to Homologation works at the Kymi Ring, together with the risks caused by the ongoing geopolitical situation in the region, have sadly obliged the cancellation of the Finnish Grand Prix in 2022. That leaves us with 9 more races in the 2022 season, and it’s all to play for in the 2nd half of the season.