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It was a fast and furious weekend in the Netherlands for the eighth round of the 2015 MotoGP. The Assen circuit is an institution, as the only venue to have held a round of the championship every year since it began in 1949.

 

Marc Marquez was out on the circuit with a point to prove – his form in the competition so far has been disappointing, something he's blamed on his Honda V4 motor. For the Assen race, he switched back to the RC213V that carried him to victory in 2014, and it made for one of his best performances in quite some time!

 

However, it wasn't quite enough to beat current frontrunner for the title, Valentino Rossi. Marquez and Rossi clashed throughout the race, and in the end it came down to the final corner. Rossi ended up clinching the win with a nail-biting 1.2 seconds, while teammate Jorge Lorenzo earned third.

 

All the same, it's good to see Marc back on form – it'll certainly make for an even more exciting competition from here on out, if that's even possible!

 

Pos. Rider Bike Nation Points
1 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha ITA 163
2 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha SPA 153
3 Andrea IANNONE Ducati ITA 107
4 Marc MARQUEZ Honda SPA 89
5 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati ITA 87
6 Bradley SMITH Yamaha GBR 77
7 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda GBR 57
8 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha SPA 56
9 Maverick VIÑALES Suzuki SPA 52
10 Dani PEDROSA Honda SPA 47
11 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati ITA 44
12 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki SPA 38
13 Scott REDDING Honda GBR 30
14 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati COL 28
15 Hector BARBERA Ducati SPA 16
16 Loris BAZ Yamaha Forward FRA 14
17 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia SPA 11
18 Jack MILLER Honda AUS 11
19 Stefan BRADL Yamaha Forward GER 9
20 Michele PIRRO Ducati ITA 8
21 Nicky HAYDEN Honda USA 8
22 Eugene LAVERTY Honda IRL 7
23 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda JPN 5
24 Mike DI MEGLIO Ducati FRA 2
25 Alex DE ANGELIS ART RSM 1

Round nine will be July's only race, the GoPro Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland in Germany. With Marquez's sights set firmly back on the title, it's sure to be an exciting two-wheeled contest no matter what.

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