Morbidelli Back on Track with Assen Victory

Franco Morbidelli - Photo Credit: Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS

Franco Morbidelli capped off a dream weekend by winning the Dutch TT ahead of championship rival Thomas Luthi at Assen. The Italian, who announced earlier in the day that he would be graduating to MotoGP next season with Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS, defeated Luthi in a final lap battle to extend his overall lead to twelve points.

Although Moto2 isn’t too familiar with large pack races, the Grand Prix saw a six-man breakaway at the front with Morbidelli lucky to stay on board his Kalex after contact with Miguel Oliveira’s KTM. Morbidelli had ran slightly wide through turn three and as Oliveira dived for the gap, the two collided in similar circumstances to Valentino Rossi and Johann Zarco in the day’s MotoGP race.

Luthi led onto the final lap as he chased a first victory of 2017 but the critical move would come at De Bult with Morbidelli diving up the inside of the Swiss. Although Luthi still had half a lap to fight back, Morbidelli was able to defend his line into the final chicane and hold on for a fifth victory of the season, extending Thomas’ wait for his first.

Takaaki Nakagami had much greater difficulty defending his line in the chase towards the chequered flag with Mattia Pasini pushing for the final podium spot. Nakagami looked to have won the battle with a lunge up the inside into the Timmer chicane but Pasini straight-lined the corner, enabling him to cross the line ahead of the no.30. Race direction soon intervened though, demoting the Italian one position and handing third back to Nakagami, much to Pasini’s disgust.

Oliveira recovered from his early contact to take fifth ahead of Alex Marquez with Xavier Simeon holding off Hafizh Syahrin for seventh. Fabio Quartararo converted his lofty grid position into ninth in the race while Francesco Bagnaia completed the top ten.


Moto2 Motul TT Assen – Race Result

121. Franco MorbidelliKalexEG 0,0 Marc VDS39:39.12025
212. Thomas LuthiKalexCarXpert Interwetten+0.15820
330. Takaaki NakagamiKalexIdemitsu Honda Team Asia+0.63016
454. Mattia PasiniKalexItaltrans Racing Team+0.394 (+1)13
544. Miguel OliveiraKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+0.65711
673. Alex MarquezKalexEG 0,0 Marc VDS+2.77410
719. Xavier SimeonKalexTasca Racing Scuderia Moto2+6.9679
855. Hafizh SyahrinKalexPetronas Raceline Malaysia+7.0278
940. Fabio QuartararoKalexPons HP 40+11.0897
1042. Francesco BagnaiaKalexSky Racing Team VR46+11.6236
1123. Marcel SchrotterSuterDynavolt Intact GP+14.1965
1277. Dominique AegerterSuterKiefer Racing+14.5214
1341. Brad BinderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+18.2103
1468. Yonny HernandezKalexAGR Team+18.9262
159. Jorge NavarroKalexFederal Oil Gresini Moto2+21.7671
1687. Remy GardnerTech 3Tech 3 Racing+22.008
172. Jesko RaffinKalexCarXpert Interwetten+22.179
185. Andrea LocatelliKalexItaltrans Racing Team+32.097
1937. Augusto FernandezSpeed UpSpeed Up Racing+32.231
2062. Stefano ManziKalexSky Racing Team VR46+40.349
2145. Tetsuta NagashimaKalexTeluru SAG Team+44.830
2249. Axel PonsKalexRW Racing GP+48.509
2327. Iker LecuonaKalexGarage Plus Interwetten+57.518
2457. Edgar PonsKalexPons HP 40+1:06.824
256. Tarran MackenzieSuterKiefer Racing+1:24.146
2689. Khairul Idham PawiKalexIdemitsu Honda Team Asia+3 Laps
NC32. Isaac VinalesKalexBE-A-VIP SAG Team+13 Laps
NC11. Sandro CorteseSuterDynavolt Intact GP+19 Laps
NC10. Luca MariniKalexForward Team+23 Laps
NC24. Simone CorsiSpeed UpSpeed Up Racing+23 Laps
NS7. Lorenzo BaldassarriKalexForward TeamInjured
NS97. Xavi ViergeTech 3Tech 3 RacingInjured