Moto3 and Moto2 round-up Assen: A day of history- first wins for Bagnaia and Nakagami

Assen raced on a Sunday for the first time ever and the iconic track had some fitting history making racing to celebrate, with a new winner in every class on a day dominated by the wet weather.

Moto3

Moto3 saw Francesco Bagnaia take his first world championship win in a tight Dutch Grand Prix at Assen only decided in the drag to the line as his Aspar machine pulled ahead of his rivals after taking the cleanest line on the last lap.

It was also a momentous day for his Mahindra team, as it registered a first win for the Indian manufacturer since entering championship action.

Looking sure of the win until the final corner it was Andrea Migno who lost out at the chequered flag, before the Sky Racing Team VR46 rider lost out further, being demoted a place for exceeding the track limit heavily in the run to the line. It still marked Migno’s first rostrum appearance.

Assen 2016 Diggia Bagnaia
Podium in their sights- Di Giannantonio and Bagnaia in action   Photo: Gresini Racing

The all Italian podium was completed by rookie Fabio Di Giannantonio, after another gutsy ride saw him among the riders taking a turn to lead that race before being promoted to second for Gresini, equalling his best result.

Romano Fenati (Sky Racing Team VR46) was next in the only class to see a chequered flag on Sunday, with the Italian top five completed by Nico Antonelli for Ongetta-Rivacold, at the back of the lead group after leading the start of the final lap.

His team-mate Jules Danilo was next in sixth ahead of Nicolo Bulega, who also lead briefly, on the final Sky entry.

Joan Mir took eighth for Leopard Racing ahead of the only Dutch representative, Rotterdam’s Bo Bendsneyder in ninth for Red Bull KTM Ajo– his best finish to date. Lorenzo Dalla Porta made the most of his appearance sitting in for the injured Jorge Navarro and took tenth.

Also in the points were Philipp Oettl at the back of the lead group in 11th, Brad Binder who wobbed out of the lead and onto the grass before rejoining for 12th – still extending his championship lead, Jakub Kornfeil in 13th , Maria Herrera in 14th and Livio Loi in 15th for the Dutch RW Racing team.

Moto2

Moto2 saw one man master the tricky conditions before the red flag halted the race prematurely, with Taka Nakagami taking his first ever win.

The emotional Idemitsu rider found his way to the front after pole man Tom Luthi struggled with the changing wet/dry track and then went on to win his battle with Franco Morbidelli, immediately pulling clear.

The main challenge towards the end of the race came from reigning champion Johann Zarco, the Ajo Motorsport man once again in contention for the Moto2 title and the current in form rider.

After a poor start Zarco rallied and was closing on Nakagami when the rain worsened. His performance pulls him level in the title hunt with Alex Rins, both with 126 points to their name at the end of round eight.

Morbidelli held on for his first podium this year with the EG 0,0 Marc VDS Team.

Sam Lowes climbed to fourth after benefiting a place from Luthi’s late fall and winning his on track war with Lorenzo Baldassarri, who took fifth for the Forward Team.

Alex Rins rallied a little after a lacklustre qualifying on his Paginas Amarillas HP 40 mmachine to move up to eighth, but had trouble passing Simone Corsi who finished seventh with SpeedUp.

Eighth at the last full lap the result was taken from was Alex Marquez on the second Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS entry, holding off Interwetten man Dominique Aegerter, who had been an early frontrunner, leaving him ninth. Dynavolt’s Jonas Folger competed the top ten.

QMMF’s Xavier Simeon was placed eleventh at the time the race was called and Sandro Cortese twelfth on the second Dynavolt entry. The remaining points went to Marcel Schrotter in 13th for AGR, Danny Kent despite a late fall with Julian Simonas the flags waved in 14th ahead of his Leopard team-mate Miguel Oliveira who was top rookie in 15th.

For the full Moto3 result click here.

For the full Moto2 result click here.

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