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Bagnaia Back in Control after Assen Win

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Francesco Bagnaia - Assen - Race Winner
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Francesco Bagnaia regained control of the Moto2 title chase after a dominant victory in Sunday’s Dutch TT at Assen. The Italian led from start to finish as he claimed his fourth win of the season, moving him 16 points clear once again of nearest rival Miguel Oliveira who struggled to sixth after a poor qualifying session.

For Bagnaia, victory was never in doubt as he dominated proceedings although the biggest threat looked to be coming from Lorenzo Baldassarri until the Italian was cruelly ruled out of contention with a rear puncture three laps from the finish. His demise promoted Catalunya GP winner Fabio Quartararo who made sensational late progress to take second from tenth on the grid, proving his maiden victory was no fluke.

The late charge from the Speed Up rider relegated Alex Marquez to third with the Spaniard losing out at De Strubben in the closing stages. Marcel Schrotter was also left to count himself unfortunate as he finished fourth, agonisingly short of a maiden Grand Prix podium. Joan Mir was fifth on the second Marc VDS Kalex with Oliveira next up in sixth, the Portuguese paying the price for qualifying down in 17th.

Brad Binder also charged through the field, finishing seventh from 22nd on the grid, with Luca Marini eighth ahead of Sam Lowes and Andrea Locatelli.

 

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