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With tumultuous conditions cutting the Moto 2 race short at Assen, the oldest track on the GP calendar, it was always going to be an interesting race for the premier class. Even still, no one could have predicted how the events would pan out.
An elated Jack Miller celebrating his victory. Photo Credit: Moto GP
Australian rider Jack Miller stealing the show with the ride of his life and quashing any remaining doubters of his ability to compete at the top level. The victory for Miller comes just three weeks after his first top 10 finish and it’s the first time an Aussie has won in the premier class since Casey Stoner in 2012 at Phillip Island. This achievement cannot be overstated, it was the first time a non-factory rider has won since 2006. In a victory that had tones of Steven Bradbury (Australia’s famed Gold-medal winner for speed skating at the 2002 Winter Olympics), when Valentino Rossi and Andrea Dovizioso both crashed out shortly after the wet race was re-started. The ensuing battle for first that Miller had with Marc Marquez proving beyond any shadow of a doubt that Miller earned this race by being the fastest rider on the day.
As far as the championship stakes are concerned, Marquez second place extends his lead to 24 points ahead of Jorge Lorenzo and 42 clear of Rossi who still sits in third overall despite his third DNF of the season. Lorenzo was off-pace throughout both races, only managing a 10th place from a total of 13 finishers. Scott Redding took out third place, a great result for the British rider.
Of worthy mention is the race Yonny Hernandez was having, he muscled his way to the front and led the pack until he had a fall shortly before the race was red flagged due to the torrential downpour.
Written by Paul Joshua