Lorenzo / Stoner Finish 2nd and 3rd at Assen


Jorge Lorenzo was once again in second place, his third. The Spaniard got off to a bad start from third on the grid and, although he was able to fight back up to the front, could not provide Rossi with the same challenge that he had done last time out. Casey Stoner completed the podium with a solitary ride chasing Lorenzo. The Australian now trails Rossi and his Spanish rival in the overall standings after the trio had been level on points heading in to the Assen race. Chris Vermeulen and James Toseland completed the top six. Andrea Dovizioso had been within a shout at the rostrum, but took a tumble before the race took its full shape.

“I am happy, because despite an awful start and there being some sections of the track where I lost a lot of ground, I pushed at my limit. Especially at the start of the race. When I saw that my front tyre was starting to slide, I said ‘enough’ and settled for second place.We had a great race with a fierce pace that dropped half a second, so I really couldn’t have done any more.”

“I’ve been feeling fine all week but started to feel run down again on Friday and I’ve just got worse as the weekend has gone on. I’ve taken every kind of supplement and vitamin tablet you can think of but nothing seems to have worked, so it is obviously something we need to have looked at closer because I can’t keep going like this and it is costing us points. Thankfully I had a fantastic bike underneath me again today and I owe the team for that. A big thank also to Dott. Macchiagodena and our physiotherapist Freddie (Dente), who took good care of me both in Catalunya and here. Unfortunately we don’t have much time to get fit for Laguna but we’ll see what we can do.”