Rossi & Marquez Fight It Out Till The Last Corner Of Assen GP

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Assen is the only Grand Prix in MotoGP calendar that is held on Saturdays, however, the 2015 GP was the last time, it would be held on a Saturday. Assen also marked the 30th anniversary of onboard footage in MotoGP.

MotoGP reigning Champion Marc Marquez and current leader of Championship Valentino Rossi, put up an awesome battle for the ages. It was the very first time both of them went head to head on equal terms.

Rossi began Assen GP from pole position, while Marquez was on the front row in third position. ‘The Doctor' took of amazingly and maintained his lead over the field with Marquez closely behind.

The Repsol Honda and Movistar Yamaha riders broke off from the pack and were well ahead in the lead. What followed was the most closely fought for first position from the word go to the chequered flag.

With eight laps to go Marquez made a move on Rossi in the first corner, owing to a mistake by the veteran. Rossi, however, did not give up and rode extremely hard and followed the rear wheel of Marquez.

Rossi kept lining up Marquez and with two laps to go made his move ahead. Knowing the Spanish rider we knew he would put in one more attempt and he did so in the last corner.

In our opinion Marquez touched Rossi forcing him in the gravel, the Italian maintained his composure and crossed the line ahead of the Spanish rider.

Jorge Lorenzo finished a lonely third, followed by Andrea Iannone in fourth. Battle for fifth position was most fun as five riders fought for it and Pol Espargaro won among them.

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Story first published: Monday, June 29, 2015, 9:18 [IST]
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