MotoGP: Marco Bezzecchi Wins the Motul TT Assen Sprint Race

Published on June 24, 2023
By Jack Hammersley

Marco Bezzecchi takes first sprint race victory of the season in stunning fashion

It was good conditions for the first sprint race at Assen, Marco Bezzecchi started from his second career pole position ahead of his fellow VR46 Academy riders Francesco Bagnaia and Luca Marini. Fabio Quartararo had his best qualifying of the season in fourth place ahead of Brad Binder.

The lights went out and it was Pecco Bagnaia who took the holeshot ahead of Binder, Bezzecchi and Quartararo. Johann Zarco made a very aggressive move on Aleix Espargaro at turn ten.

Bezzecchi made his move on Binder on lap two at turn nine, Quartararo was closing in as Pecco was pulling away by 0.5 seconds.

On lap three Bezzecchi closed the gap to Pecco very quickly and was the fastest rider on track. Binder, Martin and Quartararo had track limits warnings.

Pecco and Bezzecchi were sideb-by-side through turns three, four and five with Bezzecchi getting the exit out of the hairpin to take the lead and immediately began to pull away.

Zarco was having problems dropping down to 11th, the Frenchman was out of the points, quite rare from his recent form.

Martin ran wide at turn 15 allowing Espargaro to move into the top five, there was a bit of a gap to Quartararo in fourth.

Pecco was beginning to close the gap back down, it had reached up to one second but with three laps remaining it was 0.6 seconds.

Binder was given a long lap penalty for track limits on the final lap, Marco Bezzecchi crossed the line to win the Sprint at Assen, Pecco was second with Quartararo profiting from Binder’s long lap penalty to take his first sprint podium of the season.

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